5 Ways to Improve Electricity Efficiency

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When talking about electricity, the first thing that comes to mind is the energy bill. However we are at a point when we need to be as sustainable as possible. By improving your home's electricity efficiency, you can lower your energy bill while doing so in a sustainable manner. Here are a few ways to accomplish this:

 

1. Rewire Circuits:

Electrical rewiring is the process whereby old, hazardous or non-compliant electrical equipment such as cables, distribution boards, and fittings are replaced for better performance. This will enable you to install smaller, more sensitive fuses for even heavy electronic devices like refrigerators. This ensures that your refrigerator (or other appliance) does not draw too much current, and also acts as a safety measure that should be applied to every home.

 

2. 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 lesser energy. 

 

3. Maintenance of 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%. This also reduces any chances of circuits shorting in while an appliance is not in use.

 

4. Energy Efficient Appliances: 

While buying new appliances, please ensure that they are energy efficient. Companies generally make this optional and charge a premium for this feature - always opt for the energy-efficient model of your product. 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. 

  

5. 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.

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