20 ways to save energy effectively for safe futures

Energy is so much a part of life that we often use it without thinking, especially when it is in the form of electricity. Saving energy makes environmental sense - for us and for the future generations. So start keeping track of energy and start saving.

Following tips and techniques can help you in saving a lot of energy in the form of electricity by applying a small changes in the way we do our work:

  1. Become aware of the energy spent by various appliances, vehicles and through other means at home and at your workplace.

  2. Airplanes burn 70 gallons of fuel per minute. Teleconference can be an option for you to consider to save fuel.

  3. When using an oven, minimize door opening while it is in use; it reduces oven temperature by 25-30 every time you open the door.

  4. Take advantage of daylight by using light-coloured, loose-weave curtains on your windows to allow daylight to penetrate the room. Also, decorate with lighter colours that reflect daylight.

  5. Use CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs) that draw almost 75% less energy than standard incandescent light bulbs.

  6. During festivals use solar powered or LED lights for decoration. They use up to 90% less electricity and last up to 20 years.

  7. Operate the ceiling fan or wall fan in conjunction with your window or split air conditioner to spread the cooled air more effectively throughout the room to reduce the total cooling load on air compressor.

  8. Screen savers save computer screens, not energy. Start-ups and shutdowns do not use any extra energy, nor are they hard on your computer components. In fact, shutting computers down when you are finished using them actually reduces system wear and saves energy.

  9. Do not switch on the power when TV or other electronic appliances are not in use. Idle operation leads to an energy loss of 10 watts/device.

  10. Have all electrical appliances serviced regularly.

  11. Turn off appliances and lights when not in use, including the television and radio.

  12. Use a drying rack or use solar heat to save energy while washing cloths. Try not to use machine drying.

  13. Build in skylights to maximize the usage of daylight as your source instead of using artificial lights.

  14. Cover liquids and wrap foods to be stored in the refrigerator. Uncovered food releases moisture into the surrounding air and make the compressor work harder.

  15. Leverage ventilation to benefit from fresh air instead of the air conditioner.

  16. Use task lighting/Focus lighting when working on desk, reading etc instead of lighting up the entire space.

  17. Avoid dry grinding in your food processors (mixers and grinders) as it takes longer
    time than liquid grinding and consumes much more energy.

  18. Practice car-pooling for offices.

  19. Turn off and unplug the electrical devises after use.

  20. Wrap your water heater with an insulating material. It will save you a lot of energy.