Energy Savings & Tips
By following these simple tips one can save energy to a large extent.
- Turn off the lights when not in use
- Take advantage of daylight by using light-colored, loose-weave curtains on yourwindows to allow daylight to penetrate the room. Also, decorate with lighter colorsthat reflect daylight
- De-dust lighting fixtures to maintain illumination
- Use task lighting; instead of brightly lighting an entire room, focus the lightwhere you need it
- Compact fluorescent bulbs are four times more energy efficient than incandescentbulbs and provide the same lighting
- Use electronic chokes in place of conventional copper chokes
- Replace conventional regulators with electronic regulators for ceiling fans
- Install exhaust fans at a higher elevation than ceiling fans
- Select iron boxes with automatic temperature cutoff
- Use appropriate regulator position for ironing
- Do not put more water on clothes while ironing
- Do not iron wet clothes
- Avoid dry grinding in your food processors ( mixers and grinders) as it takes longertime than liquid grinding
- Consumes 50 % less energy than conventional electric / gas stoves
- Do not bake large food items
- Unless you're baking breads or pastries, you may not even need to preheat
- Don't open the oven door too often to check food condition as each opening leadsto a temperature drop of 25°C
- Turn off electric stoves several minutes before the specified cooking time
- Use flat-bottomed pans that make full contact with the cooking coil
Use Solar Water Heater
- A good replacement for a electric water heater
- Do not switch on the power when TV and Audio Systems are not in use i.e. idle operationleads to an energy loss of 10 watts/device
- Turn off your home office equipment when not in use. A computer that runs 24 hoursa day, for instance, uses - more power than an energy-efficient refrigerator.
- If your computer must be left on, turn off the monitor; this device alone uses morethan half the system's energy.
- Setting computers, monitors, and copiers to use sleep-mode when not in use helpscut energy costs by approximately 40%.
- Battery chargers, such as those for laptops, cell phones and digital cameras, drawpower whenever they are plugged in and are very inefficient. Pull the plug and save.
- Screen savers save computer screens, not energy. Start-ups and shutdowns do notuse any extra energy, nor are they hard on your computer components. In fact, shuttingcomputers down when you are finished using them actually reduces system wear - andsaves energy
- Regularly defrost manual-defrost refrigerators and freezers; frost buildup increasesthe amount of energy needed to keep the motor running.
- Leave enough space between your refrigerator and the walls so that air can easilycirculate around the refrigerator
- Don't keep your refrigerator or freezer too cold.
- Make sure your refrigerator door seals are airtight
- Cover liquids and wrap foods stored in the refrigerator. Uncovered foods releasemoisture and make the compressor work harder.
- Do not open the doors of the refrigerators frequently
- Don't leave the fridge door open for longer than necessary, as cold air will escape.
- Use smaller cabinets for storing frequently used items
- Avoid putting hot or warm food straight into the fridge
- Always wash only with full loads
- Use optimal quantity of water
- Use timer facility to save energy
- Use the correct amount of detergent
- Use hot water only for very dirty clothes
- Always use cold water in the rinse cycle
- Prefer natural drying over electric dryers
- Prefer air conditioners having automatic temperature cut off
- Keep regulators at “low cool” position
- Operate the ceiling fan in conjunction with your window air conditioner to spreadthe cooled air more effectively throughout the room and operate the air conditionerat higher temperature
- Seal the doors and windows properly
- Leave enough space between your air conditioner and the walls to allow better aircirculation
- A roof garden can reduce the load on Air Conditioner
- Use windows with sun films/curtains
- Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The less differencebetween the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower will be energy consumption.
- Don't set your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on yourair conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessivecooling.
- Don't place lamps or TV sets near your air-conditioning thermostat. The thermostatsenses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longerthan necessary.
- Plant trees or shrubs to shade air-conditioning units but not to block the airflow.A unit operating in the shade uses as much as 10% less electricity than the sameone operating in the sun.