1. Use More Conservative Appliance Settings
Use Efficient Appliance Settings
Often overlooked, simply using your existing appliances more efficiently can drastically reduce energy consumption in the home. For example, you may want to make sure your refrigerator and freezer aren’t set any higher than 37 degrees and 3 degrees, respectively. That may mean putting a thermometer in each to ensure that they’re calibrated correctly as well as examining the door gaskets to verify that they’re clean and seal tightly when closed.
Turning down the temperature on water heaters can also save significant amounts of energy and reduce carbon emissions by 600 pounds every year per 10 degree reduction. You may not even like how scalding hot your showers and faucets get–so why waste the money and electricity or fuel making them that way?
The same applies to space heating; just use your thermostat to schedule less heating during the night when you’re wrapped up in bed and return to regular levels during the day when you’re around and active. Read on to discover 3 more simple ways to conserve energy in the home. Continue reading
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Measures Make Positive Environmental Impacts
Solar Panels - Cost Effective Renewable Energy
With rising energy costs and growing demand for sustainable alternatives to coal and nuclear power, governments, businesses and individuals are looking to renewable energy and energy efficiency for a solution. Incentives in a number of countries have helped drive the implementation and advancement of renewable energy technologies as well as energy conservation measures.
Here in the U.S., federal tax credits of up to 30% of cost for renewable energy systems substantially reduce the tax liability of system owners and encourage investment. In the United Kingdom, a feed in tariff program has been implemented to increase the return on investment of renewable energy measures.
Both of these incentives are cost-based–designed to reward purchasers according to the price of each system in order to level the playing field to some extent and not show favoritism to a particular industry cluster or technology. However, solar panels are currently one of the most financially advantageous option in the UK, while in the US they remain one of the most expensive. Continue reading