Energy saved is energy produced. This is not just a physics fact, but a crucial detail to remember while speaking of conservation. Most of the power generated in the world today comes from fossil fuels. Even though increasing numbers are shifting to 'green electricity', the production of electricity remains one of the most polluting activities of humankind.
However, the good news is that a little bit of conscientious saving and some commonsense can go a lot way in cutting down on power demands drastically. Not only does that reduce the pressure on energy production and subsequently pollution, it could slash our household electricity bills by as much as half!
How to Reduce Your Electricity Consumption
Did you know, your TV could consume up to 25 per cent of its total power requirement when on standby? Or that 85 per cent of the electricity consumed by your VCR is when it is not running? Or if every home in the UK used three compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), it would save enough power to supply all street lighting in the UK for a year?
Startling facts indeed. It does not take much to start cutting down on our electricity demands. If you make an effort through a few simple changes in your lifestyle, you will be surprised at the amount of money you could save.
Listed below are a few suggestions to get you going:
- When buying appliances, look for energy efficiency.
- Reducing your thermostat by 1 degree Celsius can cut down your electricity bills by 10 per cent.
- Running a maximum-load wash in your washing machine is more efficient than two half-loads.
- Use compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) instead of ordinary light bulbs. They use a fraction of the power and last up to 10 times longer. If each household in the UK used three CFLs, it would save enough electricity to supply all street lighting in the UK for a year.
- Turn off computers when not in use.