Select energy efficient devices with one hand and save money with the other.
Buildings account for about a third of total energy use worldwide. They contribute to about 30% of energy related CO2 emission. We at Samarth energy are making constant efforts to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from the building sector and our research shows that the deep path is possible. The deep path results in an 80% less energy demand from buildings globally. To achieve this saving, today’s state of the art building energy performance codes and complementary policies need to be optimized in regional jurisdictions by 2020. Real estate sectors and construction industries are at the forefront when it comes to designing, developing and constructing unmanageable environments. They are essential in shaping energy use. Now the question is whether or not the building industry is ready to go deep and play its role in meeting climate change. What policies drive their investments in energy efficiency? To investigate this topic we have tried our best to conduct surveys across various sectors. The findings state that there is a large consensus among executives worldwide on cutting their carbon emissions associated with their business to be their responsibility. The arising concerns here are found to be about the companies which are ill informed about energy realities. Are they aware of their energy consumption? One-third of the respondents think that the current situation represents less than 20 percent of the building’s energy budget and hence underestimates the associated costs and the potential for saving money with the efficiency measures. Many are also concerned about the cost of constructing energy efficient buildings. Two-thirds of respondents overestimate the cost saying that energy efficient buildings cost fifteen percent or more to construct than a standard building but the actual cost only varies 5 % to 15%. With regard to regulation seventy-five percent of the respondents welcome energy efficiency regulation.
Saving energy at your workplace or your home is easy when you know the “how”. Following could be certain ways of saving some money on your energy bills:
Hot water systems are the biggest energy user in most households accounting for around 30% of a home’s energy usage, whenever possible use cold water instead of hot. Washing your clothes with cold water is a good place to start. The average shower head uses at least 10 liters of water per minute. That's a lot of water. Install a low flow showerhead to greatly reduce the water flow. Take less time while using shower heads. Use a shower timer and try to keep it under 4 minutes.
Save on refrigeration: Refrigeration accounts for typically about 15% of a home’s energy use. Make sure yours is not using any unnecessary energy by setting the temperature correctly. 4 degrees for refrigerators and -15 degrees for freezers will ensure safe storage of food and minimal energy use. If you own more than one fridge and the multiple ones are used for storing drinks then switch it off when you are not using it or put a timer on it. It could be adding a significant amount to your energy bills then why not get rid of it.
Save on standby power appliances on standby accounts for about 10 percent of a home’s electricity usage that can cost you well over $100 a year on wasted energy. The easiest way to save energy is by switching off appliances at the wall after using them. Enable the energy savings feature on your computer and switch it off at the wall after use and of course do not forget to switch the lights off every time you leave a room.
Save on heating and cooling how well your house keeps out unwanted weather doesn’t only affect your comfort but it also greatly affects your energy use and bill. Heating and cooling typically accounts for around 25% of a household’s energy usage. Check the stamps on your doors and windows joints to make sure that hot or cold air is not escaping. If it looks like there are gaps then you should get them fixed immediately. Only use heaters and air conditioners when you need to. Close the doors from energy going to waste.
These are certain ways in which you can save a significant amount of money and hence reduce your carbon footprint by becoming energy efficient.