Energy conservation should be one of the top things in everyone’s mind. It helps in creating a better environment and results in reduction of costs. A conscious effort to conserve energy will also mean that natural resources involved in generating energy are preserved and last longer. By burning lesser fossil fuels, we can reduce the emission of CO2 and similar toxic wastes to the atmosphere.
We can also reduce the amount of waste we produce by buying minimally packaged goods, for every pound of waste we dispose off, we save energy and reduce the emissions of CO2 by at least 1 pound. That means we all have the ultimate choice and the power to change the energy that we use on personal grounds. Following are some of the simplest ways to reduce the consumption of energy.
Reduce your energy consumption at home
Knowingly or unknowingly, we spend a lot of energy at home. Starting from maintaining comfortable temperatures at home to heating water for bathing and washing hands, using computers and other electronic appliances. Simple steps like turning lights and electronic appliances off when not necessary, making use of natural light as against lamps, unplugging chargers etc can save significant amount of energy.
Next time you buy refrigerator look for the yellow Energy Guide® label to compare features, choose models with power saving switches. To shorten the cooking time you can use tight fitting covers, when cooking on stoves.
Reduce your transportation energy consumption
Another simple step to take is to reduce the energy spent on transportation. Walking, use of bicycles as against fuel powered cars will not only result in energy consumption but also help you to maintaining a better physique. Also, while driving you should turn off your vehicle during extended traffic delays. The weight of your vehicle has a direct correlation to the fuel is consumes.
A heavier vehicle will consume much larger amount fuel. These small steps when put to practices leads to lower consumption of energy and fuel further resulting in longer life of your vehicle. Many vehicles are introduced in the markets that are powered by biodiesel, natural gas that gives chance to consumers to be more conscious towards environment.
Reduce energy consumption at your work
You can also save energy while you are at your work place start making some small changes in your work schedules. Employees should be encouraged and rewarded for energy saving initiatives. Clear directions need to be given to them to switch off lights when exiting the office.
Waste equipments like printers, cell phones and computers can and should be recycled and procure only energy efficient hardware. Even the screen savers eat up a lot of lighting and processing energy and use fluorescent bulbs, which are more efficient. Apart from this you can also use filtered water and reusable cups instead of bottled water.
With the improved technology, you can now avoid traveling to the conferences and do video conferences, whenever possible. By following these small steps, you can save a lot of energy and can reduce the energy consumption.
You can save and control the energy by setting some targets at home, while travelling and even when you are working. These baby steps will enable you to reduce the consumption of energy at daily basis.