10 ways to improve Electricity Efficiency

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Lowering your energy bill can be accomplished easily by improving the home's electricity efficiency. Here are a few ways to do the same:

 

1. Install Timers -

Timers can be used to turn on and off outdoor and indoor lights at specific times. Manual timers can be used for controlling objects such as lamps or light strings whereas in-wall programmable digital timers can be used to automate indoor or outdoor lighting.

 

2. Rewire Circuits -

Electrical rewiring is the process whereby old, hazardous or non-compliant electrical equipment such as cables, distribution boards, fittings, are replaced for better performance. This will enable you to install smaller, more sensitive fuses for even heavy electronic devices like refrigerators. This way you can ensure that your refrigerator (or other appliance) does not draw too much current. 

 

3. Insulate your homes –

Insulating your home is the best way to make your home comfortable and safe and it is also the most cost-effective one. Insulation acts as a barrier to heat flow and is essential for keeping your home warm in winter and cool in summer. A sealed home also improves the indoor air quality and reduces the utility bills. 

 

4. Switch to LEDs from CFLs –

LEDs are far more energy efficient than incandescent or fluorescent lights, which emit light in a much wider band of wavelengths. LEDs come to full brightness without the need for a warm-up time. LEDs even last longer than CFLs and consume less energy.

 

5. Appliances -

Unplug your appliances when they're not in use. Your TV, computer, microwave and even some washing machines have a 'standby' mode, which means they're still using energy even when they're not in use. You should unplug those appliances when not in use as this will save energy and at the same time reduce your electricity bill by up to 20%.

 

6. Energy Efficient Appliances –

While buying new appliances, please ensure that they are energy efficient. These appliances may cost you extra in the beginning, but in the long run they are a big investment as they would save costs when in use.

 

7. Managing the coolers and heaters -

Half of the energy in homes, offices and hotels is used towards heating and cooling of the room. Periodic replacement of air filters in air conditioners and heaters should be done. Installation of a programmable thermostat saves money by allowing heating and cooling appliances to be automatically turned down during times when no one is home and at night. 

 

8. Conduct a Thermography Inspection –

High resistance in circuits causes an increase in current flow. When current flow is increased, the resulting power consumption will increase. A thermography inspection will help you reduce power consumption besides also detecting faulty wiring to help avoid mishaps.

 

9. Energy Audit -

Energy auditors and raters use specialized tools and skills to evaluate your home and recommend the most cost-effective measures to improve its comfort and efficiency. This can also provide independent verification of the electric system’s quality.

 

10. Solar Panels -

One of the best ways to conserve and to have cleaner utilisation of energy is by installing solar panels for overall energy grid or even just for the water heater.