Energy Conservation Methods: Save Money, Save Energy, Save the World

What Is Energy Conservation?

Energy conservation starts with education, and this education starts by understanding just what energy conservation means. There is a misconception that it is about making available non-renewable resources last, and while there is a modicum of truth to that, energy conservation is a much broader concept.

Energy Conservation Methods

There are numerous energy conservation steps you can take; some large, some small. Implementing some (or all) of these may make a big difference in your life and in your community.

Light-Savers

Not only do old incandescent light bulbs use a lot of energy, but 90% of the energy they use is also given off as heat, which can raise the temperature of a room and result in the unnecessary use of air conditioning during warm weather.

Unplug

Even when electronics and appliances are not on and running, they are still drawing power. Whenever possible, unplug devices like TVs, computers, and DVD players. You can simplify this by using a power strip for multiple items, and either turning off the power strip or unplugging it all together.

Water-Ways

Reducing water consumption, particularly hot water, can help reduce energy usage and preserve our freshwater supplies. Water-based energy conservation methods include:

  • Only wash full loads of laundry
  • Wash laundry with cold water
  • Air dry/line dry your laundry
  • Lower water heater temperature
  • Turn off water heater when away for extended periods of time
  • Don’t leave water running while brushing your teeth
  • Wash and dry dishes by hand
  • Install low-flow shower heads
  • Install faucet aerators
  • Use high-efficiency toilets

Heating and Cooling

The greatest consumption of energy is in the heating and cooling of your home, accounting for 47% of your energy usage, so using energy conservation methods to curb this usage can have a significant impact.

Other Options

You can do so much more with energy conservation methods by thinking outside the box and trying things such as:

  • Pulling shades during the day to keep rooms cool in the summer; leaving them open on winter days to use the heat of the sun
  • Using landscaping for natural heating and cooling
  • Leaving the oven door closed while in use (you can lose 50% of your heat by opening the door!)
  • Leaving the oven door open when you are through cooking or baking during winter months to warm your kitchen

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Don’t forget, there are energy conservation methods that can be practiced outside of the home. Use alternative sources of energy like solar, wind, or water, and give the following a try:

  • Instead of flipping a switch to light up an outdoor walkway, use solar lamps
  • Drive less and walk or bike more
  • Carpool whenever possible and group your errands to avoid making unnecessary trips
  • Reduce your reliance on and use of plastics
  • Keep some reusable storage containers in your car or take them with you when going out to eat instead of getting to-go containers
  • Use filtered water in insulated water cups instead of bottled water

Contact Kiwi Energy

Kiwi Energy is all about reliable service and a safe and sustainable environment. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us for more information about energy conservation methods and to set up service.

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Kiwi Energy is an energy retailer dedicated to providing innovative energy solutions for your electricity and natural gas supply for many individuals & groups.