Energy efficiency has become a topic that is discussed quite often amongst the general populace and at the government level. The focus on this topic is because of the crucially important it has over the quality of life experienced by future generations, and because of the fact that everyone can do something to contribute. So let’s check out how Energy Efficiency can save you money.
There are new energy efficient appliances which use far less energy in achieving the same objective, and there are building materials which can greatly reduce fuel consumption.
Although the topic of energy efficiency has been spoken about for quite some time now, it has to be said at the outset that the vast majority of homes are still grossly inefficient when it comes to energy consumption. Not only do people typically use incandescent light bulbs in their home, but they are also careless in their use and leave lights on in rooms when no-one is using them.
They will typically put far more water in a kettle than they are actually intending to use, resulting in a waste of unnecessary electrical power. Usually, the heating system will be set too high, leading to more power being used than is actually needed. All of these are simple matters to correct and can be corrected for free, so this should obviously be done before any thought is given to spending money on saving energy.
The highest level of energy efficiency is gained when you start from the beginning, by using energy-efficient products and design throughout the construction of the house itself but whether “Generation Einstein” is open to this sort of solutions remains to be seen. Using building materials which provide insulation, and which keep generated heat within the building, is going to save money every year and save fuel consumption at the same time.
The greatest heat loss is through windows and doorways, so using the right materials for these is especially important. The government now sets standards for window glass and insists that Low-E glass is used in all new constructions. But we can do much more. The fact of the matter is that we must try whatever we can, even if we fail. Often success comes after failure, isn’t it?
There are quite a few options available if you are in an older building and choose not to completely reconstruct your home, there is still much that you can do in the way of renovations. If your windows are letting heat escape from the house and leading to excessive fuel bills, this can be remedied with a window replacement.
Although this is a relatively expensive and time-consuming job, it will save you the greatest amount of money in the long term. There are tax credits available which can help with the initial expense of having replacement windows installed, but if the job is still too expensive and difficult, storm windows can have at least a partial effect.
The amount of fuel you consume will be greatly reduced if the construction of your home is fundamentally sound, with insulated walls and the most energy efficient doors and windows you can fit. At this level, it will be determined mainly by the energy efficiency of the appliances you use and please give this a lot of thought. We know that many entrepreneurs don’t like business planning but installing energy-efficient devices and equipment may save a lot.
If you can fit a heating boiler which achieves the same effect but which uses far less fuel you will be saving even more money every year. Other domestic appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, and stoves can be far cheaper to run if you buy recent models as technology is constantly improving.
One of the most effective methods of saving money would have to be by having solar panels fitted to your home. Although this may be an extreme tactic now, it is likely to become increasingly popular in the future as the photovoltaic panels increase in efficiency.
The energy from the sun is renewable and should be used whenever it is appropriate and cost-effective. Solar energy is likely to become a staple source of power in the years to come, but even now it can play a part in saving fossil fuel consumption.
The most significant contributor to greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere would have to be caused by the Motor Vehicle, the technology exists to reduce this. In the most extreme case, you can now by vehicles which are entirely electrically operated, but these are extremely limited in the distance they can cover.
They are mainly used by people who live in major cities, who do most of their traveling within the city, and who are prepared to use trains to travel further afield. Electric vehicles will have a significant part to play in the future, but even now there are hybrids which are a more practical alternative.
Information concerning energy efficiency has become available today more than ever before, and the vast majority of it is available for free via the Internet. Energy Efficiency has become such an important issue that, Governments throughout the world have published extensive guidelines to help people conserve energy.
Reading these will give you a good start in cutting down your fuel consumption and saving money at the same time, and you can then go on to deeper research to find out how you can achieve even greater savings. You can improve the quality of your life by implementing advice on energy efficiency.