Easy New Year’s Resolutions for Energy Savings in 2016
Saving energy and money is much easier than you think.
Saving energy and money is much easier than you think. Add these small eco-friendly changes to your life and make a big difference to Mother Nature. Here are a few easy New Year’s resolutions which can really help to reduce your carbon footprint and prevent climate change in the coming year.
Get a Home Energy Audit
Where is your home losing energy? Where will your retrofit investment provide the most energy-savings? Knowing the chinks in your home’s armor will help you to plug those holes. Find out how much energy you use for various appliances and tasks so you can change wasteful habits.
Ask a professional to give you a home energy audit, or save some money and do one yourself! Get step-by-step instructions here.
Shower Sharing is Planet Caring
Your hot water heater accounts for an incredible 17% of your home energy use. Of course cold showers in January aren’t an attractive alternative, but there are ways to reduce your consumption of hot water.
Turn down your water heater temperature just a few degrees. If you’re away this holiday, switch your water heater to the vacation setting.
Minor retrofits that can improve efficiency include switching your shower heads for low-flow varieties and insulating your pipes. Covering pipes with insulation will prevent heat loss and frozen outdoor pipes from bursting.
Major retrofits include replacing your water heater with an efficient Energy Star appliance or a solar water heater. Opt for an on-demand or instantaneous (or tankless) water heater—both more efficient options.
Planet-Saving Cooking Tips
Cooking meals accounts for about 20% of household energy consumption. Plan to cook meals during off-peak hours when energy is cheaper.
Use ceramic or glass bowls in the oven as these warm faster and retain heat for longer than metal alternatives.
Convection ovens use a fan to disperse heat and consume less energy as a result.
Use appliances for specific tasks like kettles, rice cookers and toasters which are all more efficient than using the stove.
Microwaves are better for smaller items that cook for a short time. If you are going to simmer something on the stove, your hob can actually be more efficient. For example, simmering beans on the stove utilizes less energy than cooking them in a microwave.
Putting a lid on a pot can improve efficiency 8-fold. Ensure that the pot covers the whole plate so as not to waste energy.
Boiling efficiency increases with bigger, fuller pots—pots that are only 1/5 full are 80% less energy efficient. Cooking in large volumes not only reduces energy consumption, it also enables you to cook more than one meal at a time.
Defrost food in the fridge and halve your cooking time.
Turn your oven off ten minutes before the end of the cooking cycle.
Get to know how long your oven takes to preheat so you’re ready to cook when it reaches the right temperature.
With these simple, easy tweaks to the way you cook and clean, you can save energy and reduce your environmental impact. Cooking more than one meal at a time, especially in the oven, really helps to reduce energy consumption and the number of dinner-cooking days in your week. With hydro bills set to go up, saving energy will help you to have a holly jolly festive season and a richer 2016.
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