Are You An Energy Waster

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Are You An Energy Waster

Many of us are looking to be more eco-friendly these days. It becomes more and more apparent every month that we’ve affected the environment, and that we should take the steps that we can to help reduce our own impacts on the environment. The bans on microbeads that are going into effect around the world are a good step, but we can get ahead of the bans by cutting products with microbeads out of our routines before then. It is a solid and reliable step to help. That step is still really small though. Making a true impact on our personal impact on the environment involves taking a hard look at our lives and seeing if there are any locations where we’re being wasteful. We can use as much of everything we get as possible, but that doesn’t mean we’re not using more energy than we need to for our lives. Learning to curtail our energy wasting habits goes a long way towards reducing our overall personal impact on the environment. Let’s look at the ways to tell if we’re being wasteful and how to fix them.

Water World
There are a lot of ways we can end up being wasteful when it comes to water. A big one that eats up a lot of energy is having our water heaters set to higher temperatures. Your heater is necessarily using more power to keep the water warmer. The problem is magnified with larger water heaters. You can help curtail this by considering having a smaller water heater installed and swapping to things like low flow shower heads that reduce the overall volume of water required for a given shower. It does mean changing how you approach your shower or bath though. Additionally, you may want to review the temperature that your water heater is set too as well. Hotter temperatures take more energy to maintain. Lowering the temperature even a few degrees can help cut down on the energy requirements for keeping any size of water heater low. Taking these steps will help reduce only one aspect of your energy use though.

Lights Out
Some bad habits are fairly universal. A lot of us leave lights on in rooms as we move through them going about our lives. Turning on the light is good since it helps you find what you’re looking for, but forgetting to turn the light off as you go is wasteful. Many of us can end up leaving lights on for hours in rooms no one is even in. This is a bad habit that we all need to work on figuring out how to break for the sake of reducing our overall impact…and our energy bills. A similar problem tends to exist surrounding our electronics too. You know how you sometimes wander out of a room and leave the television on? That’s not doing you any favors either. It works well when you’re listening to it as ambient noise while working in another room, but the habit loses its benefits once you forget all about it and leave it running when you leave your house. Unless your pets are watching, try to remember to turn off your televisions and computers when you’re going out.

Too Hot, Too Cool
Central air and heating are wonderful. They keep us feeling comfortable regardless of the temperatures outside. That’s all well and good, but there is a small problem with this: we don’t adjust our thermostats except when we want to affect the temperature in the moment. Leaving your thermostat on a single setting constantly isn’t exactly an energy saving measure. Programmable thermostats are perfect for this situation. They let you set the times when people and pets will be around to keep the interior air comfortable, but let you set times where the systems doesn’t need to do anything. It will get a lot cooler or warmer in your home when the system isn’t on, yes, but you can allow for a half hour or so for it to get to work before you get back home. If you don’t have a thermostat like that, you’ll just need to make it a habit to set it up to ten degrees warmer or cooler (depending on the season) when you’re not going to be home and turning it back down when you get back.

These suggestions are all good ways to help get around energy wasting habits you might have. We’ve by no means been exhaustive though. There are plenty of other ways that we’re wasteful with our energy everyday and the process of learning them all takes time. Making sure we do learn them and changing our habits will go a long way towards improving our overall impact on the environment though.

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