Tips on Saving Electricity

Want more tips on how to save electricity and cut down on your energy costs? Here are a few simple things you can do at home.

  • Turn off energy guzzlers

Electronic gadgets that are left plugged in can drain away steadily at your electricity consumption. If you aren’t using your laptop, computer, TV, or other electronic equipment, stop wasting energy by leaving them plugged in. If you constantly forget to unplug your gadgets, you may want to try a power strip that can be turned off. These are like extension cords with an on and off switch.

  • Keep your air conditioner well-maintained

Air conditioners are one of the highest electricity consuming appliance we have at home. And its energy consumption increases the more that dirt and dust and other pollutants have clogged the filters and slowed down the motor. Of course, you may consider just opening the windows and using fans instead of turning on your air conditioner. And when they aren’t being used, have your air conditioner cleaned and serviced to keep it running at peak efficiency.

  • Invest in motion sensors

Another energy vampire we have in our homes are the lights we leave on in rooms even when there is nobody there. Or leaving the porch and other outdoor lights on, which we may do for safety and security purposes. The catch is that all those lights turned on in our homes steadily consume electricity.

Try investing in a motion sensor. Motion sensors detect movement, and lights turn on and off automatically in response to movement. So in a way, the lights are turned on only when there is somebody there actually using the lights (or when there is cause for concern should somebody be lurking outside your home). Another good thing about it is that you won’t have to worry that you forgot to turn the lights off!…

What is Green Electricity?

Green electricity, or green power, is a reference to energy and electricity sourced from renewable energy sources such as wind and water power facilities, which are the most common. Other possible renewable energy sources include geothermal, biogas, and low-impact hydropower sources.

The word “green” is a reference to the fact that utilizing these power sources is more environmentally friendly compared to some of the more traditional power sources such as coal, gas, and nuclear power plants, all of which can cause a severe negative impact on the environment. In other words, green power or green electricity is comparatively cleaner compared to either coal or nuclear power.

The great thing about green electricity is that it sources electricity from renewable sources or sources that are in no danger of being consumed until there is nothing left. So using green energy also seeks the conservation of our natural resources. Also, green energy is also cleaner because it introduces little or minimal pollutants into the environment as a result.

Rather unfortunately, traditional energy sources like coal and gas are the leading causes of air pollution because of the massive amounts of CO2 that they produce. And while nuclear power does not have the same impact on air quality, the generation of nuclear power does result in radioactive waste that needs to be provisioned for in terms of long-term storage. Otherwise, improperly disposed of toxic nuclear waste can seep into the environment, poison water sources, and even poison the land where they have been disposed of.

Green power or green electricity does not have any such impact on the environment because it is “cleaner” and more environmentally friendly.…