Energy conservation is a responsibility that belongs to everyone on the planet. We should all know why conserving energy is important and have concern for the amount of resources we consume that provide energy.
Remember that the cost of energy doesn’t just affect your wallet. It affects the earth, too.
Instead of just thinking that saving energy is only an issue for adult’s to contend with, it’s time that people started training the next generation to take responsibility for energy and ecological conservation.
When it comes to energy-saving for kids, it’s all about ensuring their future.
5 Reasons Energy-Saving for Kids is Important:
1. Every bit helps. Children need to understand that there is no act too small when it comes to conserving energy. In fact, they need to know that it is the cumulative effect of doing many small things that will have the biggest impact on saving household energy. This encourages kids by helping them realize that what they do to help save energy around the house does matter.
2. Turning off lights saves energy. This is one of those little saving electricity tips kids and adults alike can easily do that will go a long way toward conserving home energy. By simply turning off the lights when not needed, children can help reduce the average home utility bills significantly.
3. Walking can be fun. Energy-saving for kids, requires them being motivated in the right way. By showing children activities that they can enjoy while conserving energy, they will be more willing to accept adjustments to their routines.
Walking is an activity that a lot of children today consider drudgery instead of something to take pleasure in. Teaching kids that walking is something they can enjoy will encourage them not to rely on being driven everywhere by a motor vehicle.
4. Fun can be other than hi-tech. A lot of children entertain themselves by spending their days glued to an electronic gadget. What they don’t know is that hi-tech gadgets waste a lot of energy.
Energy-saving for kids should involve teaching them how they can have fun without relying on gaming consoles and other electronic devices. Instead of playing baseball on a Nintendo Wii, why not get a ball and a bat and play the real game?
5. Alternative energy is exciting. When it comes to saving energy, kids will find the subject more appealing when explained in light of alternative energy sources and new technologies being developed to harness them. To a child, the fact sunlight is capable of being transformed into electricity is a fascinating concept.
The benefits of energy-saving for kids go far beyond their helping to lower the family energy bills and making a home energy efficient. Teaching children how and why conserving energy is important can also benefit their health, the environment and their future.
The Consumer Federation of America has identified 12 ways consumers can save. These tips can help consumers with energy-saving ideas that also save money. Energy takes a huge bite out of household budgets. Families on average spend $2,200 each … #savingenergy
Saving energy and money go “hand in hand” and today the Consumer Federation of America has identified 12 simple ways consumers can save both as the nation celebrates its first Energy Efficiency Day (October 5, 2016). Today, CFA joins thousands of organizations, companies, and individuals in a nationwide effort to become more energy independent, improve the environment, and save households hundreds of dollars in unnecessary energy costs.
“As one of the nation’s leading consumer organizations, we’re pleased to provide consumers with energy-saving tips that also save money. CFA long been a strong supporter of energy efficient policies and practices, especially those that benefit consumers’ pocketbooks. And Energy Efficiency Day is an important reminder of the importance of protecting America’s future”, said Mel Hall-Crawford, CFA’s Energy Projects Director. “Energy takes a huge bite out of household budgets with the typical family spending about $2200 each year on utility bills. So today is an opportunity to highlight some simple ways to put some of that money back into consumers’ pockets,” said Hall-Crawford. “By participating in Energy Efficiency Day, we’re empowering consumers with energy saving tools they can use to save money, help the environment and our economy. It’s a win-win-win!”
CFA’s 12 TIPS TO SAVE ENERGY DOLLARS
AIR DRY: Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
TURN IT OFF: Use timers and motion detectors to turn off lights and be sure to unplug TV entertainment systems when travelling (use power strips for easy on/off switching) and don’t leave your computer and monitor on needlessly.
DON’T GET BURNED WITH HOT WATER: Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120F. Water heaters are the second highest source of energy use in the home.
FILL IT UP, PLEASE: Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
KEEP ‘EM CLEAN: Check furnace, heat pump, and AC filters once a month and replace them regularly. A dirty air filter can increase your energy costs and cause problems with your equipment.
GET A CHECK UP: Get your heating system checked up once a year. A licensed professional will make sure that your system is operating efficiently an
d safely. Checkups can identify problems early.
STOP THE BREEZE: Caulk and weather-strip around drafty doors and windows.
GET AN AUDIT: Your utility company may offer free energy audits that can identify expensive energy losses in your basement, unfinished rooms, attics and leaky ductwork. Sealing your ducts can give big savings on energy bills and help keep you from turning up the thermostat because of one cold room.
TAKE A WALK: Circle your home with an easy-to-use spray foam insulation and look for openings and gaps around pipes, chimneys, lights, windows and basement brick and cement work.
GET WITH THE PROGRAM: Install a programmable thermostat which automatically adjusts the temperature during the day or at night, keeping you from forgetting as you dash off to work. A programmable thermostat can save you up to $100 a year.
STAY BRIGHT: As “old-school” incandescent light bulbs burn out, replace them with new, light emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) and save about $90 a year in electricity costs. You pay more up-front, but shop around, prices are dropping. They use up to 25% less energy, can last up to twelve times longer and light like the old fashioned ones do.
BE A STAR: Look for products and appliances that have earned the ENERGY STAR label. They meet strict new energy efficiency criteria that will reduce your utility bills and help the environment. ENERGY STAR clothes washers, for example, use approximately 40% less water and 25% less energy for washing than standard models.
Electricity costs have doubled for businesses over the last decade, says energy saving body the Carbon Trust, pushing sustainability issues to the top of the agenda.
But these days “going green” is as much about business survival as reducing impact on the environment.
Yet surveys show many businesses still struggle to understand the technologies available and are wary about the upfront costs involved.
Technology of Business offers a guide to the most effective ways businesses can cut their energy bills and begin operating more sustainably.
Switching to LED – Light Emitting Diode – lighting is the quickest and simplest action any business can take to reduce energy usage, argues Myles McCarthy, director of implementation at the Carbon Trust.
A traditional 60 watt incandescent bulb would produce about 750 to 1,000 lumens – a measure of lighting power – but 95% of the energy used to create that light would typically be wasted in heat.
Modern LED lights are much more thermally efficient and can now produce between 50 and 100 lumens per watt (lm/W) in normal working conditions.
One US manufacturer, Cree, reckons it has produced a white light LED bulb that can produce 300 lm/W.
Mr McCarthy says payback on investment in LED is typically between one and three years. For example, one retail outlet client invested £74,000 in new lighting, resulting in a 74% lighting energy reduction and savings of around £33,000 per year, he says.
“This is why we’ve seen considerable investment in LED in recent years.”
Smart meters, thermostats, and sensors – part of what’s being called “the internet of things” – are giving us data about our energy consumption patterns that we never had before.
“It’s the ability of these meters to communicate that’s smart, not their ability to record energy usage,” argues Joel Hagan, chief executive of smart metering company, Onzo.
“They give us far more visibility than we ever had before, down to the energy usage of individual appliances.”
This increased visibility is helping businesses identify energy wastage more easily and make potentially huge savings.
Quentin Clark, head of Microsoft’s data platform group, told the BBC: “By implementing internet of things control systems and big data analytics at our headquarters campus [in Redmond, Washington] we were able to spot aberrations in our energy usage, such as a garage that had air conditioning.”
Microsoft says its 88 Acres project, involving 125 buildings, 30,000 pieces of equipment generating 500 million data transactions every day, could produce energy savings of up to 10% a year for the company, saving it “millions of dollars”.
In another example, Mike Franco, chief executive of California-based smart building systems firm, RiptideIO, says his company implemented a $20m [£12m; 14m euros] energy management system for US drugstore chain, Walgreens.
The project, which involved thousands of stores, saved the retailer $14m last year alone, he says.
Walgreens completed its first “net zero energy” store just outside Chicago late last year, incorporating solar photovoltaic (PV), LED lighting and wind turbines to produce more energy than it takes from the grid.
Up the junction
Any conglomeration of buildings can benefit from lighting and energy control systems, says Chris Bedford, managing director of intelligent lighting controls company, Open Technology.
A recent project at Clapham Junction railway station in London reduced lighting energy usage by 40%, he says.
The initial investment of about £30,000 formed part of a wider energy reduction strategy to achieve total annual savings of over £7m for Network Rail and South West Trains.
Smaller energy control system projects can cost about £6,000 and above, depending on the size of the business, he added.
With savings like these on offer, it’s no wonder Martin Chilcott, founder of sustainable business community 2degrees, says: “Our Trends Tracker survey shows that businesses consider smart metering and energy management software to be second only to LED lighting in importance.”
Once a business has made efficiencies to its current equipment and energy usage patterns, generating its own electricity through renewable technology could be a sensible next step, experts advise.
The Energy Saving Trust’s Greg Shreeve describes solar PV as a “sure-fire” investment for businesses with the necessary capital.
The cost of installing PV panels has fallen dramatically over the last 10 years while their efficiency has improved, making them an obvious useful addition to business buildings big or small.
Not only can they help reduce your electricity bills but you’ll get paid for the electricity you generate and export to the grid thanks to the UK’s Feed-In Tariffs(FITs) scheme.
Introduced in April 2010, the scheme pays businesses for the electricity they generate through solar, wind turbines, hydro, anaerobic digesters or combined heat-and-power systems. The rate of generation subsidy – currently more than 14p per kilowatt hour for small schemes – is under review and could be reduced.
And how much support you receive also depends on your property’s Energy Performance Certificate rating, so it makes sense to have improved your firm’s energy efficiency before applying.
But with small-scale solar PV systems currently costing between £5,000 and £10,000, you could still see a return on investment within six to 10 years, installers say.
Local delivery companies should consider switching their fleets to electric vehicles, advises Tim Anderson, senior transport manager at the Energy Saving Trust.
When Fruit4London, a small company delivering fresh fruit to city workers, invested in a fleet of four electric vans, “It was one of the best decisions we ever made,” says co-founder Laszlo Mulato.
A £5,000 government subsidy for electric vehicles reduced the cost of each Renault van to about £13,000 (plus VAT), says Mr Mulato. And each van saves the business £9,000 a year in congestion charge fees, maintenance and fuel costs, he adds.
“We haven’t been able to increase our prices for five years, so savings like these help keep us competitive.”
The company leases the vehicle battery from Renault for about £70 a month and it costs less than £1 a day to charge. With each van doing up to 60 miles a day, range is not an issue, he adds.
The switch to electric vehicles has had the added advantage of pleasing big clients who want their suppliers to be green as well, says Mr Mulato.
You can save on fuel bills by using energy more efficiently throughout your home. Below are some of the useful tips which can help you save money.
Most of us do not think about the energy that powers our homes but simple changes to our daily habits can have a huge effect on gas and electricity bills.
The first and the most important tip is to see our home differently in the way that we use energy.
The key to making big savings on home energy bills is to view houses as a living energy system with individual parts that affect each other.
Creating an energy efficient home
You can create an energy efficient home by making some of the small changes stated below: –
Installing energy efficient double glazed windows and loft insulation
Replacing your old boiler with a new condensing boiler
By installing energy efficient double glazed windows and loft insulation, the internal walls will retain the heated air inside, because heating makes up the majority of your energy bill, you can save the most money by reducing your heating needs.
Applying energy saving improvements in the home will not only make your home more comfortable, but those measures can also deliver long-term financial rewards. Permanently lower energy bills will more than make up for the higher cost of installing energy efficient appliances and improvements and payback periods will be very low.
How much can you save on your home energy bills?
Using the above mentioned tips your can easily start saving energy right now and you don’t need to spend any money to reduce your energy bills. Applying energy saving measures around your home can save you hundreds of pounds a year.
As well as changing your daily energy habits, you can also install energy efficient products and appliances around your home. Replacement energy efficient products will use less energy so are cheaper to maintain and run.
Energy Efficient Products
Amount you can save
Energy Saving Light Bulbs
Save £5-£10 per year / cost recovered in 6 months
Hot Water Tank Insulation
Save £10 per year / cost recovered in 1 year
Save £35 per year / cost recovered in 3 years
Save £50 per year / cost recovered in 2-5 years
Double Glazed Windows
Save £40 per year / cost recovered in 5 years
Save £80-£100 per year / cost recovered in 2-6 years
Cavity Wall Insulation
Save £130 per year / cost recovered in 3 years
Replace Old Boiler
Save £120-£200 per year / cost recovered in 4-5 years