The issue of raising utility tariffs worries every citizen of towns and villages. Electricity is becoming more expensive as the reserves of resources used to convert heat energy into electricity have begun to run out on our planet. Prices are rising every year, and consumption is constantly rising. Therefore, the next question arises, how and why you should save electricity in a house, apartment or summer cottage. In this article, we will try to answer these questions.
Why electricity becomes more expensive
The first reason, as mentioned above, is that the Earth's resources like coal, oil and natural gas are running out. The second reason is the environmental problem. When the same coal is burned, harmful elements are emitted into the atmosphere in large quantities. The issue of ecology began to concern many scientists, therefore, in many countries they began to move into environmentally friendly types of electricity generation, such as nuclear, wind and water. However, this is costly during construction and dangerous if not all safety precautions are followed.
It should also be noted that electricity consumption in cities and towns is increasing every day, as in our modern life, household and other technical appliances require a large amount of electricity. And since tariffs are rising, the price is sometimes considerable. Of course, there are many ways to save money.
The state of the economy, inflation and tax increases also play a big role. Next, we will explore the options why you should save electricity.
Why saving electricity is important
As already noted, most people have a very limited budget, so saving energy is often a top priority, especially in winter. Also, such savings will lead to a decrease in the consumption of natural resources, and, accordingly, the emission of harmful substances into the atmosphere will be reduced.
To give a rough idea of how this manifests itself, here is an example. The main source used to generate electricity is coal. Generating 100 watts of energy uses approximately 50 kilograms of coal. Therefore, by saving hundreds of watts of electricity, you save resources and thus do not harm nature.
The same can be said for other resource types. Thus, for example, when you generate 100 W of electricity, on average 30 liters of oil are consumed, and the same amount of natural gas. That is, by saving electricity in your home, you are doing better not only for yourself but for the whole country.
How to save money
Statistics show that the main amount of energy is spent on lighting the house, as no house at the moment can do without an electric lamp. Some rooms can have up to a dozen of them. Easy easy to calculate consumption yourself. For example, in the living room there is a chandelier with four shades. On average, 80-100 W bulbs are used, ie about 400 W of electricity is consumed per hour. Since the light in the room is often not turned on all day, the consumption, at first glance, is not so great. However, a regular amount comes out a month, and that’s just for coverage. Therefore, as an option to save energy, "household" lamps (fluorescent and LED) are used. They reduce electricity consumption by three times, or even more. They pay for themselves in full, as their service life is measured in years, from about five to ten years.
Also, do not forget about the general saving of light, as sometimes people may forget to turn it off, and it stays on all night or all day. Alternatively, it is advisable to use natural sunlight during the day and turn on the lighting in the evening. Also, do not forget to wash the chandeliers, windows and use light-colored wallpaper on the walls. This creates the feeling of a brighter room and eliminates the need for additional lighting.
Next, after lighting in terms of electricity consumption, heating continues, but you can switch to standalone. You should not forget about insulating your home, whether you live in an apartment or a private home. This plays a big role, as the heat will not leave your home and you will not turn on the heaters as often. Install metal-plastic windows, as wooden ones are warm, but over time they dry out and start to emit wind from the street and expel heat from the house. All this requires considerable expense, but it is better to invest once and then not worry about unnecessary expenses than to spend a lot of money on heating and light every month.
Rotating list installations. Most homes still have old wiring. It works, but during operation it is consumed, and the insulation can transmit electrical impulses to the outside. This leads to loss of electricity as well as lack of mains voltage. It is worth getting rid of unnecessary bases, tees and extension cords that are not used, as they increase the resistance in the circuit and there is a greater consumption. An excess of this device can sooner or later lead to a short circuit.
Network-connected but not on devices while in sleep mode still consume electricity. Costs are insignificant, but for a long period of time, spending can bite. If you are not currently using the device or devices, we recommend disconnecting the device from the mains to save power. It is especially worth paying attention to devices that consume a lot of energy. Among them are an electric stove, a kettle, a food processor and more. It is better not to use them at full capacity unnecessarily. And so with almost all electrical appliances. For example: the refrigerator can not be placed near the heater, as it will not turn off and will cool constantly.
Wealthy people install systems and equipment that regulate their own electricity consumption at home. Although they have no question why save electricity. This is a very expensive device and not everyone can afford it. Therefore, try to save electricity in all the ways listed above.
So, in summary, we can see that it is necessary and useful to save electricity in the home. This gives you a chance not only to save your funds, but also to protect nature itself.
Hopefully this article has given you an idea of why you need to save energy. Be careful and cautious when choosing a way to save money.