Lighting is one of the biggest consumers of electricity in your household and is often one of the biggest areas where energy savings can be achieved. Day to day, most of us take for granted how much electricity we use for lighting and don't realize how much energy can be saved by using energy efficient light bulbs.
An investment in energy efficient lighting will earn you excellent return on investment, and depending on how your region generates electricity, can result in a substantial reduction in your carbon footprint.
Appliances are the next culprit on the hunt for energy efficiency - from your washing machine and dryer which we use weekly, to our refridgerator which runs every hour of the day - it is a natural next major target for reducing how much electricity is used in your home.
It may be stating the obvious, but old appliances draw a great deal more electricity than newer ones. Though it may not be as obvious to know that replacing your old appliances with new energy efficient ones can be an excellent investment both financially and for the environment.
Phantom loads are the sneaky appliances and electronics that are constantly drawing power and taking money out of your pocket for no good reason. They are referred to as phantom loads because they often go unnoticed.
Most people don't like to waste food, or water, or money. So it is with this same reasoning that we can look at phantom loads as a way to stop ourselves from wasting electricity.
Addressing phantom loads is an inexpensive way to stop electricity from being wasted in your household - and often result in very attractive return on investments and reduction of your carbon footprint.
Energy efficiency is often an after thought for homeowners, but this in fact a big component of going green.
Is it really a big deal if I change my regular old light bulbs with LEDs? Well, if you were to change one light bulb from an old fashioned incandescent to a new age LED, it won't make a huge difference. Though if you were to change all of the light bulbs in your house to energy efficient ones and take a look at your energy consumption as a whole, the savings and environmental impact add up very quickly.
Energy efficiency for new or existing homes offers you the biggest bang for your buck when it comes to return on investment and is the quickest and easiest way you can reduce your carbon footprint in and around your home.