Saving energy in today’s digital world is sometimes nigh impossible. Anything you want to do has something to do with electricity in terms of powering your computer or giving you access to the internet.
But how can you create an eco-friendly life routine with energy saving in mind? You can save energy and keep doing everything you have been doing so far, in a slightly changed, greener way.
Quick and easy energy-saving tips
Everyone can contribute to global wellbeing and energy-saving by doing a small thing for the environment in their spare time. Before heading into the more comprehensive steps to take in order to save energy daily, let’s take a look at some of the quickest ways to get you going:
Using cloth, reusable bags – Using cloth bags made of recycled materials for your grocery shopping can make a huge difference for the environment. More and more plastic bags pile up on the streets of major cities due to oversaturation in a supermarket and retail consumption.
Plant anything, anywhere – Putting a sprout or a seed into the ground and watering it in front of your house, in your backyard or anywhere you find a place for it is a great way to contribute to the environment. We need plants in order to preserve clean breathing air and they are becoming woefully short in supply due to extreme measures many corporations take in their industrialization efforts.
Limit your device use – Using computers, tablets,
It’s also important not to multitask while using devices since you will not only waste precious energy but also divide your attention and get fatigued much more easily. In order to save energy and your own wellbeing, limit the use of digital devices to after your breakfast and well into your working hours before retiring them at least an hour before you fall asleep.
Limiting household energy consumption
There are several ways to make your home eco-friendly and cut costs and usage of energy. Performing an energy audit on your house and determining the exact amount of energy you are using is a good way to get started.
“However, knowing which appliances cause the most strain on your power lines and increase your bills and consumption takes some research,” shares Nora Olsen, a content editor at Resumes Centre. Sources of energy around your house are strategically placed by the investors who constructed your building or household, but that doesn’t mean you have to use all the power at your disposal.
- Use air to dry-clean your clothes on the balcony or near a window instead of using a drying machine.
- Wash your kitchenware using water from the kitchen faucet and let them dry on their own instead of using a dishwasher.
- Whenever possible, turn off all the lights around your house or apartment – it will save energy and lower your bills.
Include raw or vegan cuisine
You might be used to cooked, baked or fried food depending on your family traditions. However, including some raw salads, spiced vegetables or fruits as well as simply making vegan food might be what you are looking for.
Many people have reported that they feel much better physically and psychologically once they turned vegan – the food is lighter, cheaper and easier to make. It will also make you save energy due to a decrease in electricity and gas needed to prepare the food.
You can easily use different apps and services to outline and track your nutritional progress. If you feel like experimenting with your diet a bit, try lowering the amount of heavily cooked foods or deep fried meats and opt for a more green cuisine that will help you get more energy for the day.
Use greener devices
We all know that some desktop computers can be resource hogs. No matter what the energy efficiency label on the back might say, the power supply of many of our household items always takes more energy than we might think. This is why you should opt for smaller, more compact but still functional devices for your everyday life.
- Use a laptop instead of a desktop computer. Rely on your tablet and smartphone for writing and editing your email but avoid turning on the desktop if you have a choice in the matter.
- Use combined freezers with refrigerator compartments instead of dividing them into two devices.
- Cut the number of TV screens, phones, table lamps and similar devices to the amount you actually need as a family.
- Use energy saving products whenever you need to make an addition to the number of devices at your disposal (such as flat screen TVs, small table lamps or energy saving light bulbs).
Use natural sunlight
A lot of research papers and writings has proved different ways of how sunlight influences a human, from waking up to nourishing and changing our metabolism. People often overlook the benefits of natural sunlight. No matter how many windows you might have around your apartment, chances are that you are using only a fraction of their real power. Using natural sunlight is the real hallmark of an efficient green household.
- Opening windows during the summer in order to cool down the room instead of using an AC to do so will massively decrease the energy consumption. Turning down the blinds during hot days will make sure that the heat stays out while opening them during the night will also cool the room to the desired level.
- Raising the shades during the day instead of using electric devices to get some light increases the energy efficiency in the house.
- Installing a ceiling fan and using natural air to power it will cool the room and keep the air fresh without any devices that require power to run.
Reduced water consumption
Using excess amounts of water has a much more predominant effect on energy-saving than you might think. Recycling all the excess water we use on a daily basis and straining the water supply on a global level makes us look irresponsible as people.
Reduce the amount of water you use around your house without compromising on any hygienic or cleaning needs. These include overflowing hot baths, letting the water flow even when you don’t need it or watering plants excessively, effectively killing them. Water should be used within reason and thought of as a commodity that it is, not as a granted wish that most of us take it for.
Developing an energy saving life rhythm isn’t something easy to do. After all, many people who have taken up an environmentalist’s way of life can tell you that staying true to your beliefs is harder than it seems.
The payoff is worth noting, however, since becoming aware of the energy you are using will help you develop much healthier habits. Your everyday routine will change slightly depending on the amount of energy you used beforehand, but you will soon realize that it was something you could live without.
The energy we choose to spend defines us as either aware or unaware of the adverse effects we are making on the environment. Choose to be the former and start making a difference all around you.