TOP TIPS ON ENERGY CONSERVATION
- Have a family meeting every once in a while to discuss how to save energy at home.
- Review this energy-saving list with family members and assign someone to be the energy monitor.
- Make a game out of saving energy by paying small awards for bright new energy-saving ideas.
- Keep track of your utility bills to see how much energy you’re saving.
- Lighting accounts for about 25 percents of a typical utility bill. So (once more, with feeling), turn off the lights when not in use.
- For more energy efficiency at home, replace the incandescent light bulbs with energy-saving compact fluorescent lamps.
- Install dimmer switches to save energy and extend the life of the bulbs.
- Install low-voltage lighting for outside illumination.
- Be sure the air conditioner is fully charged with Freon so it operates efficiently.
- When buying an air conditioner, select the proper size and choose an energy-efficient model to save energy.
- Allow plenty of room for air flow around the air conditioner for it to operate more efficiently.
- Major appliances add extra heat to your home and make your air conditioner work harder. Operate them in the morning or evening when it’s cooler outside.
- Use energy-saving products, such as small electric pans or toaster ovens, to cook small meals instead of a large stove or oven.
- You can save considerable energy by using your microwave oven and pressure cooker whenever possible. They cook quickly using less energy.
- Thaw foods and cut vegetables into small pieces before cooking. They’ll take less time to cook.
- Put lids on pots and pans and make sure they’re the right size for the burners. This way, foods cook faster and use less energy.
- Let hot foods cool before putting them in your refrigerator or freezer. Hot foods cause the motor to work longer and harder.
- Do you really need the extra ref (in your bedroom, where you pig out junk food while watching TV)? If not, sell it or just unplug it for substantial energy saving.
- Remove old items from the refrigerator regularly so you don’t waste electricity keeping them cold all the time.
- Over drying wears out your clothes and waste energy. Stop your dryer when the laundry is dry by setting the timer or using the auto dry cycle.
- Buy an energy-efficient dryer with a moisture sensor to automatically shut it off when the clothes are dry.
- Set the water level on your washer to match the size of the load to save energy and water.
- Wash and dry clothes only when you have a full load.
- Fill your clothes dryer, but don’t overload it. Your clothes will dry faster when they have room to tumble.
How to cut back on electricity consumption
Summer is the peak season for consuming electricity at home. And with the recently approved rate hikes that will be reflected in our June monthly billing, the need to cut back on electricity consumption becomes even more urgent. Here are some tips:
- Make it a habit among your family members to always turn off lighting and electrical appliances when not in use.
- Use only energy efficient devices. When buying an air-conditioning unit, look for the energy efficient ratio or EER label. Look for a refrigerator with a high energy efficient factor or EER Replace about 25% of your lights with compact fluorescent lamps.
- Maximize electric lighting by painting your room in a bright color. This enhances the distribution of day light and reflects higher levels of light.
- Wash and iron clothing in full loads. Air-dry them as often as possible instead of using a spin dryer.
- Control your air-conditioner’s thermostat setting to match your desired temperature. Check here http://move-central.com/. The ideal setting is 25 degrees Celsius/but this may vary if you are in high locations such as Baguio or Tagaytay. Keep the room cool by closing doors and windows. Use curtains or blinds to shut the sun out.
- If you’re cooking with an electric stove, always use a cover as you let water boil or the food simmer. You can turn off the burner a few minutes before the allotted cooking time ends to take advantage of the remaining heat.
- Using two refrigerator units can be costly, so try to do away with the older one. To make sure all contents fit in a single unit, organize your shelves by throwing away unwanted items and by using stackable containers.
- Always keep the refrigerator door closed and make sure the sealing is airtight.
- Strategically plant trees, shrubs, and vines in a manner that would cut the amount of heat entering through the windows, especially in areas where the sun rises and sets.
- Make cleaning a habit. Wipe off filth from light fixtures to avoid blocking their emission. Defrost the refrigerator to remove frost build-up and to enhance its cooling efficiency. Also clean the air-conditioner’s air filter to reduce additional loan on the compressor caused by accumulated dust.