Energy conservation tips for the home and office
Energy conservation doesn't just save money—it has significant benefits for the environment. Conserving energy reduces fossil fuel consumption and all the pollutants and contaminants that result from burning it. Generating electricity puts a lot of strain on the planet, and the conscientious conservation of energy reduces this burden.
Every little bit of electricity conservation helps, both at home and at work. If you're unsure of what you can do beyond turning off the lights when you're not using them, you might benefit from a quick refresher course on energy conservation tips.
Home Electricity Conservation
Some of the simplest things you can do include switching to energy saving light bulbs, attaching dimmer switches to interior lights and using electricity monitors to keep track of your power consumption. However, these strategies are just a start. You can also:
- Keep your furnace clean and well-lubricated, and replace its filter regularly
- Turn your thermostat down at night or during times when nobody is at home
- Wash your clothes in cold water and only do loads of laundry when you have enough clothing to fill the machine completely
- Apply weather stripping and switch to energy efficient windows
- Use your dishwasher at off-peak hours and let your dishes air dry rather than run them through a drying cycle
Energy Conservation Tips for the Office
Lowered power costs are but one benefit of office electricity conservation. You can also save wear and tear on office equipment by running it less often and more intelligently, which reduces the burden of repair and replacement costs. Some energy conservation tips you can use at work include:
- Walking, biking or carpooling to work
- Recycling paper
- Reducing and reusing office supplies
- Installing power strips to stop the consumption of "phantom power"
- Setting your computer to go to sleep if you're idle for 15 minutes or more
Of course, you should also keep the lights as low as possible and make sure they are turned off when everyone has gone home for the day. This simple act alone can result in massive energy savings and dramatically reduced power and utility bills for your company.