Energy Saving Tips
- One of the best energy-saving devices is the light switch. Switch off the light and fans in unoccupied rooms.
- Change over to energy efficient slim tube lights from power consuming incandescent lamps.
- Fluorescent tube lights and CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) convert electricity to visible light upto 5 times more efficiently than ordinary bulbs and thus saves about 70% of electricity for the same lighting level.
- Ninety percent of energy consumed by an ordinary bulb is wasted as heat rather than visible light.
- A 15Watt CFL lamp produces the same amount of light as a 60Watt incandescent bulb.
- Use ceiling fans or table fans as first line of defense against summer heat. Ceiling fans, for instance, cost about 30 paise an hour to operate-much less than air-conditioner (Rs. 8-10 per hour).
- You can reduce air-conditioning energy use as much as 40 percent by shading your home’s windows and walls. Plant trees and shrubs to keep the days hottest sun off your house.
- Be sure that the refrigerator is kept away from all sources of heat, including direct sunlight, oven and cooking range.
- Refrigerator motors and compressors generate heat. So allow enough space for continuous airflow around refrigerator. If the heat can’t escape, the refrigerator’s cooling system will work harder and use more electricity.
- A full refrigerator is a fine thing, but be sure to allow adequate air circulation inside.
- Allow hot and warm foods to cool and cover them well before putting them in the refrigerator.
- Make sure that refrigerators’ rubber door seals are clean and tight.
- By reducing temperature setting of water heaters from 60 degree to 50 degree C, one could save over 18 percent of energy used at higher setting.
- Microwave ovens save energy by reducing cooking time. In fact, one can save up to 50 percent on your cooking energy costs by using a microwave oven instead of regular oven, especially for small quantity of food.
- Remember, microwave cooks from the outside edge towards the center of the dish, so if you are cooking more than one item, place larger and thicker items on the outside.