The modern age demands efficiency in everything. Efficiency means to have more from less. The world is getting advanced, and efficiency is becoming the priority of the majority. When it comes to our homes, we want to have energy-efficient systems to save our costs and provide more comfort.
In America, the average energy consumed by each house is about 867-kilowatt hours. It’s a massive amount of energy spent mostly on heating, lighting, and air-conditioning. Modern home technology has helped a lot in cutting this consumption down and saving the costs eventually.
Yes, it feels great to think about implementing energy-efficient systems in the home. Now let us discuss the ways of achieving it.
Audit energy consumption:
The first and foremost step towards making your home energy efficient is by auditing its energy consumption. Once you have all the information on the amount of energy being consumed by each object, you can better make strategies to save energy and achieve efficiency.
For this purpose, you can use online energy auditing tools or call an auditor to do complete energy auditing of your house and give you recommendations. There are some affordable energy monitoring gadgets in the market too. These get connected via wifi with your phone and provide a complete insight into energy usage by appliances.
Better heating and cooling ways:
Heating and cooling systems consume almost half part of the total energy. Switching to smart devices or systems can reduce energy consumption. For heating purposes, a wood burner and limited use of a thermostat is a better option. A wood burner provides long-lasting heating in a natural way which reduces the electric costs of heating. Thermostats can be set at 70 degrees to save electricity costs.
The best advantage of using a thermostat is its sensor which automatically turns it off when no one is at home. It adjusts the temperature automatically according to the outside temperature.
Switching to ceiling fans from the air conditioner is a wise choice. A smart ceiling fan gives natural air and saves a lot of energy against the air conditioner.
There are environmental hazards related to air conditioners too. Heat is not destroyed through the air conditioner instead shifted outside with increment. Lowering the dependency on the air conditioner is a big step forward to save money and energy.
Switching from bulbs to LEDs:
If you have never thought about switching from bulbs to smart LEDs, you are taking your house in the wrong direction. The major part of electricity consumed for lighting purposes is converted to heat, and only 11% of the energy is converted to light.
To avoid this energy loss, switching to LEDs is the best option. These lights reduce energy consumption to a maximum of 75% and last ten times more than bulbs. The costs get further reduced if you turn off the lights when you don’t need it.
Implementing the latest technology saves both energy and costs in the long run. If there is a system of smart lights installed in the house, lights get automatically on and off with embedded sensors.
Smart Laundry and water heating:
Washing clothes is not a big deal unless you are using energy to heat water. You can wash clothes with tap water and use detergents that are effective in cold water. If you feel a great need to heat the water, then set the temperature from 104 to 103F to reduce the costs by at least 10%. When it comes to the drying part, also comes the more energy consumption part. Switching to the smart dryer or embedding sensors in an old one can tell you when the clothes get dry, thus adding energy efficiency.