In this era, more people are becoming aware of the impacts of global warming and the importance of maintaining our energy consumption to protect our beloved people and places. Reducing carbon emissions isn’t as hard as it sounds. We can always start to lessen the carbon emissions by ourselves, from the very simplest way, like start it from our home! More than half of the household energy use is coming from electricity, where it can create 87% of greenhouse gas emissions. So, increasing the energy efficiency in our homes is important to make a big difference in order to save the earth. To take part in this action, you can start by adopting sustainable habits to reduce energy consumption at your home. Here are some clever solutions you can adopt.
Switch off and unplug unused lights and appliances’ electricity.
As a good start for your mission, the most basic action you can do is to switch off all lights before leaving the room and when you’re sleeping. Sleeping with the lights on isn’t only bringing disadvantage to your own health, but also contributes to the production of unnecessary carbon emissions in the earth. Therefore, it is important to switch off the lights when it is not used.
Furthermore, it is always important to make sure to unplug the electricity of unused appliances, such as chargers, computers, televisions, etc. All those unplugged appliances are still consuming energy despite being turned off. One simple solution for this is to plug everything into a power strip, and you can just simply turn it off when they’re not in use.
Change to energy-efficient light bulbs and whitegoods.
Lighting is probably the most power-consuming household item you have at home. In Australia, it generally accounts for 8-15% of average household energy consumption. By changing your halogen lights to energy-efficient bulbs, like LEDs, it could decrease unnecessary energy usage and reduce up to 40% of your lighting bills. Though it might cost more upfront, it’s significant for long-term savings.
Besides light bulbs, there are also plenty of energy-efficient model options for white goods home appliances, such as washing machines, refrigerators, oven, and water heater. Always make sure to purchase energy-efficient whitegoods with a high star rating, of which each additional star represents up to 20% greater efficiency. This way will not only reduce your energy consumption, might as well save your money up to 30% on the energy bills, and reduce carbon emissions.
Be strategic with your heating and cooling system.
When the weather is getting hotter or cooler, most of you are tempted to leaves the cooling or heating system on to ensure that you’re comfortable at home all day long. What you don’t realize, this habit accounts for up to 40% of household energy consumption. Controlling the internal temperature and natural light within the home is important to reduce this unnecessary energy use. During summer, block the sun’s heat with dark curtains for the windows, install internal or external shutters, plant trees in your yard, and adjust your thermostat to 1 degree warmer. While during winter, it’s better to leave curtains open during the day, install double-glazing windows to minimize heat loss, and adjust your thermostat to 1 degree cooler.
Install solar panels at home.
As one of the countries with an abundant amount of sunshine, Australia’s government is encouraging people to install solar panels at their homes. It doesn’t only save your money on the electricity bills in the long run but also reduces carbon emissions and facilitates the transition away from polluting sources of energy, such as coal and gas.