Friday, May 11, 2012 - 10:20
A lot of us will have high power garden lights. These are great for evening barbecues or relaxing in the garden on a long warm night. These lights consume huge amounts of energy and often are left on over night or for days on end. The simplest way to save energy with these lights is not to use them at all. Let your eyes adjust to the dark and enjoy the moonlight. If you just have to have the light on use some of these energy saving tips:
- Use a compact fluorescent light (CFL) in your fixtures. It uses about one-fourth the energy of an incandescent and lasts ten times as long....
Monday, April 30, 2012 - 15:20
|Using curtains can reduce heat lost through a window by one-third. An insulated curtain can reduce it by half. A few well-placed pieces of cloth will help reduce the amount of energy used for heating or air-conditioning your home. curtains, window shades and blinds can be an effective way to keep your home more comfortable and environmentally sound and they look great.
- Curtains save energy effectively only if they fit tightly against the window and the floor. Usually this means a...
Monday, April 30, 2012 - 15:13
- The condenser coils help it dissipate heat from the food compartment. When dust or pet hair collect on the coils, they don't work as efficiently and the refrigerator uses more energy to power the motor.
- It also contains chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), the gases that destroy the ozone layer.
- They are in the coils, as in an air conditioner. But the Natural Resources Defense Council says there are nearly four times as many CFCs in the fridge's foam insulation....
Monday, April 30, 2012 - 15:09
A few Energy Facts about your Air Conditioning
- To cool your house efficiently, your air conditioner must be cool itself, so try to keep it in the shade. An air conditioner exposed to direct sunlight will use up to five percent more energy than a shaded unit.
- Air conditioners installed on the north sides of houses generally use less energy than those on the south or west sides where it's sunny.
- If your air conditioner already is in the sun, you can build a simple wooden shade screen for it. But don't block the...
Monday, April 30, 2012 - 15:05
|Dishwashers commonly use water heated to 60°c which is hotter than any other water used in the home &
|about 80 percent of the energy your dishwasher uses heats the water.
|SIMPLE WAYS TO SAVE ENERGY
- Try to wash only with full loads. The savings will surprise you.
- Use short cycles for everything but the dirtiest dishes. Short cycles use less energy and work as well.
- If your dishwasher has an air-dry setting, choose it instead of the heat-dry setting. You'll knock 15 percent off...
Monday, April 30, 2012 - 15:02
A few Energy Facts about Light bulbs and how to save a £££'s
|SIMPLE WAYS TO SAVE ENERGY
- When you leave a room, turn off the lights. Some believe it takes more energy to turn a light back on than it does to leave it on, but that's not true.
- Use only as much wattage as you need. If you think you can use a lower-wattage bulb, try it.
- Dust the bulbs and remove the dead moths from the fixture before trying a higher-watt bulb.
- Use fewer bulbs in...
Friday, April 27, 2012 - 14:24
- Electric washers and dryers can consume as much as 25 percent of the electricity used at home, including hot water for the wash.
- As much as 90 percent of the energy consumed by washing machines heats the water.
- Reducing water temperature reduces energy consumption. Few fabrics need to be washed in hot water these days. With today's detergents, many lightly soiled clothes can come clean even in cold water. Cold-water washing saves energy.
- Conventional washing machines use about 15 percent of the water in homes that have them. Each wash...
Friday, April 27, 2012 - 14:12
Energy Saving In the Kitchen
- Microwaves use about 50 percent less energy than conventional ovens. They're most efficient for small portions or defrosting. For larger items such as turkeys, microwaving is least efficient.
- For soups and stews, crock pots are efficient.
- Pressure cookers are considerably more energy efficient than regular ovens.
- When you open an oven door during cooking, you lose 25 to 50 degrees or...
Friday, April 27, 2012 - 11:14
Turn your thermostat down. Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10 percent and typically saves around £60 per year. If you have a programmer, set your heating and hot water to come on only when required rather than all the time.
Friday, April 27, 2012 - 11:11
Now this one should be a given but so many of us are guilty of leaving the lights on as we move from room to room. This is especially bad in a large building with lots of people. Think about how much energy is wasted in an office block because the last one out leaves the lights on.
In the average family home, lighting accounts for approximately 10-15% on your total annual energy bills. There are several ways of helping to reduce this energy usage, for example by using Energy Saving Lightbulbs, but leaving lights...