We’ve been taught right from our school days to save electricity. Things like switching off the lights & fans when not in use. However, most of us didn’t really pay much heed to it because we had it in abundance. The thought of not having it someday never crossed our minds.
Most electricity used in homes comes from the burning of fossil fuels such as oil or coal. These fuels are needed to power the turbines that produce electricity. These resources are not unlimited or renewable; the more electricity that is consumed, the quicker they will be depleted. Electricity is very demanding in every part of India. Thus, as responsible citizens, it’s our duty to save electricity so that everyone can enjoy this basic human right.
Here are 5 ways to save electricity:
1.Use natural light
The weather is perfect this time of year to ditch those bulbs and throw open your windows. Natural light is a lot easier on the eyes for long periods of time and is a great way to save electricity.
Use task lighting:
Instead of turning on ceiling lights when you’re sitting at your desk, get a table lamp. The smaller bulbs in the table lamp are a lot more energy efficient.
Run only a full washing machine:
A washing machine uses a lot of energy in doing a single load of laundry and is often run even when it isn’t filled to capacity. Running it only when it’s full will not only save a lot of electricity but also save water from being wasted.
Clean your refrigerator coil:
Have you ever taken the time to look at the back of your refrigerator? The metal coils that are hidden behind your fridge help to get heat away from the compressor, which is the part of the appliance that controls the temperature. If you keep this area free from dust and debris, the compressor does not have to use as much energy to keep the rest of the appliance cool.
Service your air conditioners:
Over time, the AC filter gets choked with dust. This causes it to use more energy to cool. Regularly cleaning the air filter will allow it to be a lot more efficient and save a ton on the electricity bill.
We are at a tipping point right now. Our environment is in bad shape because of our energy consumption habits and it’ll take a combined effort to make sure we don’t go past the edge. A small change in your habit may not seem much to you but the environmental impact of your actions will be much larger.