Ways to Save

Lighting

 

 

  • Turn off the lights when not in use.
  • dust lighting fixtures to maintain illumination.
  • Use task lighting; instead of brightly lighting an entire room, focus the light where you
    need it.
  • Compact fluorescent bulbs are four times more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs and provide the
    same lighting.

 

Electric iron

 

 

  • Select iron boxes with automatic temperature cutoff.

  • Use appropriate regulator position for ironing.

 

Microwave ovens

 

 

  • Use your microwave oven whenever possible. It draws less than half the power of its conventional oven  counterpart and cooks for a much shorter amount of time.

 

Electric ovens

 

 

  • Unless you're baking breads or pastries, you may not even need to preheat.
  • Don't open the oven door too often to check food condition as each opening leads to a temperature drop of 25°C.

 

Electric stove

 

 

  • Turn off electric stoves several minutes before the specified cooking time.
  • Use flat -bottomed pans that make full contact with the cooking coil.

 

Electronic Devices

 

 

  • Do not switch on the power when TV and Audio Systems are not in use i.e. idle operation leads to an energy loss of 10 watts/device.

 

Computers

 

 

  • Turn off your home office equipment when not in use. A computer that runs 24 hours a day, for instance, uses more power than an energy - efficient refrigerator
  • If your computer must be left on, turn off the monitor; this device alone uses more than half the system's energy.

  • Setting computers, monitors, and copiers to use sleep - mode when not in use helps cut energy costs by approximately 40%.

  • Battery chargers, such as those for laptops, cell phones and digital cameras, draw power whenever they are plugged in and are very inefficient. Pull the plug and save.

  • Screen savers save computer screens, not energy. Start - ups and shutdowns do not use any extra energy, n or 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.

 

Refrigerator

 

 

  • If your refrigerator was made before 1993 it uses twice as much energy as an Energy Star Model.

  • Regularly defrost manual - defrost refrigerators and freezers; frost buildup increases the amount of energy needed to keep the motor running.

  • Leave enough space between your refrigerator and the walls so that air can easily circulate around the refrigerator.

  • Don't keep your refrigerator or freezer too cold.

  • Make sure your refrigerator door seals are airtight

  • Cover liquids and wrap foods stored in the refrigerator. Uncovered foods release moisture and make the compressor work harder.

  • Do not open the doors of the refrigerators frequently.

  • Don't leave the fridge door open for longer than necessary, as cold air will escape.

  • Use smaller cabinets for storing frequently used items.

  • Avoid putting hot or warm food directly into the fridge.

 

Washing machines

 

 

  • Always wash only with full loads.

  • Use optimal quantity of water.

  • Use timer facility to save energy.

  • Use the correct amount of detergent.

  • Use hot water only for very soiled clothes.

  • Prefer natural drying over electric dryers.

 

Air Conditioners

 

 

  • Prefer air conditioners having automatic temperature cut off.

  • Keep regulators at “low cool” position.

  • Operate the ceiling fan in conjunction with your air conditioner to spread the cooled air more effectively throughout the room and operate the air conditioner at higher temperature.

  • Seal the doors and windows properly.

  • Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The less difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower the energy consumption will be.

  • Don't set your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling.

  • Don't place lamps or TV sets near your air - conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.

  • Plant trees or shrubs to shade air - conditioning units but not to block the airflow. A unit operating in the shade uses as much as 10% less electricity than the same one operating in the sun.