Habits and Beliefs that Have Plagued Proper Energy Usage

Habits and Beliefs that Have Plagued Proper Energy Usage

Conservation, increased proficiency and energy efficiency are terms often associated with reduced energy consumption. This brings us to the important question, “Why is energy conservation important “?

While the reasons are aplently, it will all boil down to two main justifications: to reduce electricity consumption and more importantly, to lessen environmental stress.

With climate change becoming a global concern, energy conservation becomes a crucial part of the advocacy to reduce environmental abuse. With that in mind, it is not surprising to find innovations like gas ducted heating, evaporative air conditioning and similar technologies being used nowadays.

In addition, you can also dramatically help in the conservation of energy and preservation of the environment by arming yourself with the following beneficial know how.

Myth: You can warm up a room faster if you set your heater’s thermostat higher.

Truth: Contrary to popular belief, you will end up with nothing but wasted energy and high heating bills if you set your thermostat all the way up.

Helpful Energy Conservation Tips:

  • Keep your drapes and blinds closed during the cold winter nights so as to keep the cold out.
  • Ensure warm air registers are not only clean but are also free from obstructions like drapes, carpets, and furniture.

Myth: Leaving the computer running as long as it is not in use is considered energy efficient.

Truth: Turning your computer off when not in use is the only surefire way you can save on electricity. Fortunately nowadays, most computers already come equipped with ‘sleep’ features that save energy when the computer is not in use.

Helpful Energy Conservation Tips:

  • Make it a point to always turn off monitors and computers every night and whenever it is not in use. Keep in mind that the heat these machines can generate heat can make air conditioners work twice as much.
  • Rather than leaving a fanciful screen saver when not in use, it will be more advisable to configure the monitor to go into ‘sleep’ mode so you can save on energy.

Myth: Leaving the light on is more energy efficient than turning it on and off several times.

Truth: Leaving a flourescent or incandescent lamp on consumes more energy compared to turning it on and off as necessary.

  • Make it a habit to always turn the lights off when not in use or when you are leaving the room.
  • Whenever possible, take advantage of natural lighting and use less artificial lighting less as the former has been known to come with a lot of hard to miss advantages.
  • At all times, opt for compact flourescent lights rather than incandescent bulbs. Compacts are known to be at least 4 times more efficient than incandescents. Not only that, compact flourescent lights are proven to last at least 10 times longer compared to its other counterparts.

Part of any effective energy  conservation scheme is  being able to identify common energy conservation myths. From there you can easily implement changes that will dramatically help the ongoing global energy conservation advocacy.

Guest author: Rachel Heagney

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