Does technology perform a give-and-take function in your home? Most houses only consume non-renewable energy without bothering about the sustainability of this scarce resource. If technology only creates more energy problems than it can solve, we will surely regret the consequences.
Technology undoubtedly provides comfort, convenience, and efficiency in everything we do but it is downright heartless. Take heart because we, humans, can lend these technological products a heart by showing how we passionately care about the future of our planet. We are masters of technology –therefore we should take control of it.
Here are some practical steps you can follow in order to give your technology at home a heart:
1. Assess your utility bill. How surprisingly easy is it to review your utility bills? Shockingly, only a few people spend some time analyzing how much energy home technologies consume. By carefully examining your utility expenses, you can identify which appliances, devices, and electricity-dependent products waste the most energy.
2. Regularly check your home for air leaks and insulation. Come winter and heating will be the most voracious of all technologies in your home. It accounts for over 40% of your utility bills. When you let warm air slip through cracks, you lose precious dollars and energy. Inspect all areas of your house for any possible leaks or cracks. Seal them before the cold season comes. Secure the energy efficiency of your home by adding high quality insulation at windows, doors, and walls.
3. Use heating and cooling equipment wisely. More than half of your energy consumption goes to heating and cooling appliances. Be a smart buyer- check for energy labels before making a purchase to ensure that you are using energy-efficient equipment to keep you comfortable during cold and hot seasons. Program your thermostat to a comfortable level, replace or clean filters every month or as necessary, and check whether your windows and doors are properly sealed to prevent cold or warm air from escaping. These could cut your energy expenses at the same reduce emissions harming the earth’s atmosphere.
4. Cut on your water heating use. Water heating reportedly accounts for 18% of energy bill. To cut down on your energy expenses, try to consume less water, lower down the thermostat on your water heater, seal the insulation of the water heater, and invest on new, more efficient model.
By applying all these easy and practical energy-saving tips, you will be able to save money and energy for the future.