Frugal and Green Ways to Use Electricity
There are two things that appear in our mind whenever we hear the word green – Mother Earth and money. And as day passes by, more and more people are getting involved in saving both.
The world was struck by devastating calamities in just the last five years. Some of these were hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, and dreadful storms. Scientists believed that these occurrences might have caused disruption on the Earth’s normal rotation that will result to further predicaments in the future. To many people, these incidents are a wake up call. It’s Mother Nature’s way of fighting back after all the damage we’ve done.
So How Does Electricity Usage Affect the Environment?
In America, 37% of its total energy consumption was used in producing electricity. In case you didn’t know, most electricity was produced by burning fossil fuels like oil, natural gas, and coal. This entire process produces huge amounts of carbon dioxide and other emission that adds to the greenhouse gas that’s already in the atmosphere, hence, hastening global warming.
So the next time that there would be an earth hour again, don’t hesitate to join. It’s just one hour of sacrifice to help our struggling environment.
Frugal and Green Ways in Energy Usage
1. Evaluate your Energy Usage. List down all your appliances that require electricity and determine if which needs repair/ maintenance or retirement. Say for example, instead of depending on microwaves, ovens, rice cooker, and electric gas range for cooking, why not shift to a more traditional way? Another thing, instead of drying your clothes with a dryer, hung them in your backyard while the sun is up. Heating and air conditioning systems could also spike your energy use if not properly maintained.
2. Solar Charge Up. Feed your gizmos with green power by using solar chargers. Imagine if you have 5 mobile phones and 5 laptops at your house that needs charging several times a day. This will save you a lot of electricity from using conventional chargers, plus you can contribute to the environment.
3. Invest Today, Earn Later. Every time you’re going to buy appliances, make sure to ask if it’s energy saving. Companies nowadays manufacture appliances that are made up from eco-friendly materials. Although these are more expensive than normal ones, you can notice how much money you can save in your electric bill.
4. Turn Off and Unplug Everything That are Not in Use. Any appliances that are left plugged even though not in use consumes 10% of electricity. So remember, the next time you leave your house don’t forget to unplug everything. Not only that it will save you money from electricity, it will also protect your house from potential fire.
5. Try Considering Other Sources of Energy for Your Home. In America, there are already about 6,000 power utilities that feature green power option such as wind, solar, and water. The installation can cost a bit more at first. But you’d be doing the environment a huge favor.
About the Author:
Joyce Del Rosario is part of the team behind Ace American Home.
Ace American Home Air Conditioning is a full service air conditioning repair service in Tampa FL. When not working, Joyce enjoys blogging about career and business. Joyce is also a photography enthusiast.
Frugal and Green …. as the green future unfolds.
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