Why is it important to reduce wasted energy?
How to reduce wasted energy for your business?
There are many ways to reduce wasted energy so that you can improve your business' bottom line and also shrink your carbon footprint. One of the simplest is to turn off all equipment when not in use, such as at night and on weekends. The question of how to reduce wasted energy starts with optimizing the use of refrigeration and cooling, which can account for up to 50% of a site’s energy costs. Maintain boilers and heating distribution systems on a regular basis, as poorly operating boilers can add 30% to heating costs. Replacing old equipment is another important step. Swapping older lighting technologies with LED lighting, and replacing inefficient boilers with Combined Heat and Power (CHP) units can achieve energy cost savings of up to 70% and reduce CO₂ emissions by up to 30%.
How to reduce your wasted energy at home?
There are plenty of ways to reduce wasted energy at home. Some are more obvious than others, like shutting off lights in empty rooms. Energy saving home improvements include sealing doors and windows, and upgrading to LED lights, which are 70-80% more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs. There are also a number of energy efficient products for the home, including smart appliances and technologies that can be managed remotely through home automation thanks to an app.
Here are some further suggestions:
- Unplug any electronic devices such as computers and phone chargers when not in use. Connect them all to a power bar to shut them off with one switch
- Use a programmable thermostat to cut down on unnecessary heating or cooling
- Change air filters on heating and air conditioning systems regularly
- Replace an energy-sucking old fridge or water heater