Make energy saving at home a habit!

Households consume the largest percentage of the total energy uses as it utilizes energy everyday, all day long. However, managing the use of the appliances and other devices found at home are commonly taken for granted and, often, forgotten. Thus, Davao Light and Power Company provides some helpful tips on how to conserve energy at home and make these a daily habit:

Unplug

Unplug appliances when not in use. Even when you think these are off, together, their “standby” consumption can be equivalent to that of a 75 or 100 watt light bulb running continuously. Keep them unplugged until you need them.

Set Computers to Sleep and Hibernate

Enable the “sleep mode” feature and allow it to hibernate to save on energy. These are more time-efficient than shutting down and restarting your computer from scratch. When you’re done for the day, shut down.

Take Control of Temperature

Use sunlight wisely. During the heating season, leave shades and blinds open on sunny days, but close them at night to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows. Close shades and blinds during the summer or when the air conditioner is in use or will be in use later in the day.

Use Appliances Efficiently

Set your refrigerator temperature at 3 to 6 degrees Celcius; and make sure the door seals tightly.

Check the seal on the oven door, and use a microwave oven for cooking or reheating small items.

In your clothes washer, set the appropriate water level for the size of the load; wash in cold water when practical, and always rinse in cold.

Turn Out the Lights

Don’t forget to flick the switch when you leave a room.

Remember this at the office, too. Turn out or dim the lights in unused conference rooms, and when you step out for lunch. Work by daylight when possible. A typical commercial building uses more energy for lighting than anything else.

Conservation is not only about saving money but it is also a way of saving the environment for the next generation. These are some of the easy and simple tips (http://www.nrdc.org/air/energy/genergy/easy.asp) at home which we can practice and eventually become a habit.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Bre on January 15, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Great information about saving the environment by starting at home.

    An interesting graphic just came through my Facebook feed that I thought you might like that talks about the recycling and the environment.

    http://www.buildingsguide.com/blog/recycling-facts-statistics-infographic

    Bre Matthews
    4th Grade Teacher

    Reply

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