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Energy efficiency is the need of the hour but it’s easier said than done. It’s no use when an inefficient air conditioner consumes too much energy or when external air wafts into a perfectly heated room. Many of us waste a considerable chunk of our money without investing in energy-efficient practices and equipment.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. residential utility customer is an average of about 877 kWh per month. This number can increase in warmer parts of the world during the spring and summers.
Spring tends to be the time when we can’t go a day with air conditioners. But you can still save energy consumption with smart electrical devices and become an energy-efficient unit.
Let’s find out how.
Since the air conditioning units take up a whole chunk of your energy consumption, let’s start there.
No, we aren’t going to ask you to switch off your air conditioner or watch its usage. Instead, you can use a smart thermostat that adjusts the temperature and conserves energy. Typically, it learns your usual daily routine, when you need the AC high when you don’t when you leave the room and use the local weather data to control the temperature and save energy.
You can also control a smart thermostat even when you’re outside the house. This way, you can switch off the AC from outside when you’ve forgotten and switch it on and keep it ready for you to arrive.
Have you heard of smart LED bulbs?
If you haven’t, then you need to know about it now. These smart LED bulbs have an energy-conserving mode that identifies when you aren’t using the light and switches itself on. This way, you can conserve on the phantom load when it’s not in use.
You can also control individual bulbs from anywhere using a smartphone. When you’ve forgotten to turn off your kitchen light and are already lying on the bed, you can just use your smartphone to switch it off! Sounds like your long-time dream, isn’t it?!
This may sound like the most basic stuff, but it is one of the best ways to maintain energy efficiency when servicing it regularly. In your spring cleaning list, add this to the top of your priorities and get it done before you’re using it to its maximum power.
During the AC service, the company person will check the filter, refrigerant levels, condition of the coils and the other mechanical stuff essential for efficiently operating the AC.
You don’t need to use an energy monitor to cut down your usage. You can use it to identify the devices that consume too much energy, analyze them and find alternatives.
You have energy monitors that sense your energy consumption in real-time and track it through an app. You can even get an idea of your monthly electricity bill and take steps to reduce it.
Did you know that there are high chances for the air to leak in or out even when you’ve secured the doors and windows?
Yes, when you don’t insulate your home, there are chances for air leakages and air passages through ducts. Also, when it’s too hot outside and cold inside, non-insulated surfaces can transfer the energy from outside to inside, which would mean more work for your air conditioner.
You can prevent these issues in the spring by insulating your roof, windows and baseboards. You can check the ducts and air passages regularly for any leaks and fix them. When your air conditioner can work without any hindrance from outside, it tends to consume less energy.
Saving your energy consumption isn’t just good for the environment. It also does wonders for your electricity bill. You can start by implementing small energy-efficient measures to curb consumption and then slowly change to smart bulbs and ACs to cut down the costs. Energy efficiency and conservation begin from home and every single action can make a world of difference.
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