February 2, 2017
In a global economy with volatile fuel prices and environmental concerns, most consumers and founders alike are taking steps to lower their consumption of energy. The most common ways they do so are with their vehicles and their homes or offices. The vehicle solution is fairly straightforward: Purchase a fuel-efficient vehicle, properly maintain it, and minimize unnecessary driving.
However, the home/office solution is much more complex. The process of regulating home/office temperatures, providing light, and handling functions like cooking requires a large amount of energy. And because most or all of these functions are mixed together on a single utility bill, it can be difficult to determine when progress is being made.
What we do know is that there are steps we can all take to reduce energy consumption in individual functional areas. We might not track down precisely how many units of natural gas or kilowatt-hours of electricity that we save from an individual step, but if we have implemented a proven technique, we know we are saving money, which is good for your company’s bottom line.
Check out some of the products we can purchase to make an improvement in our energy consumption below and get ready to save money while protecting the environment:
This is a field that has had lots of high-profile advances in recent years. Technologies like geothermal energy have made it more fuel-efficient than ever to regulate temperatures in your home or office. Buying quality HVAC equipment instead of bargain-basement stuff will save you money in repairs and energy consumption, and it will literally do so for decades.
However, we can’t lose sight of the “overall climate,” the area where we are actually living and doing things during the day. Even the most energy-efficient cooling system is wasteful if it expends energy managing the temperature in rooms that no one is using.
One of the oldest ways to manage overall climate is bedding. Our ancestors bundled up under piles of heavy blankets so that they didn’t have to spend the whole night feeding a wood stove or fireplace. Now we have options like temperature regulating sheets, which can manage comfort levels right down to your half of the bed. You get the temperature you want in your personal climate without running the furnace or AC all night long. It’s a perfect solution.
The biggest energy consumers in the kitchen are refrigerators and stoves. Quality appliances have more insulation, better designs, and higher-quality power components that maximize energy efficiency. And both devices can be even more efficient if we use them efficiently.
That’s especially true of refrigerators. Spend some time each week organizing the fridge in your home or office. The crowding they create is not only a hassle, it also slows the process of locating items in the refrigerator, leaving the door open longer as you search. Keeping your most frequently-used items front and center will cut the time that you have to keep the door open.
Sure your office probably doesn’t have a laundry machine. But doing the laundry at home can costs bundle if you aren’t doing it right. Inside your laundry room sit two large, expensive machines that are designed to save your time and money. Once again, quality appliances are worth the money you invest. They minimize water consumption, maximize cleaning function, and use heat more effectively for drying. But they can still be a big waste if you don’t manage them correctly.
Forget the hot cycle. Using hot water to wash any of your laundry provides minimal benefits on cleanliness and dramatically increases the energy expended by each load. So expect to wash everything on cold; you’ll save money. Also, go easy on the dryer. Over-drying clothes is a huge energy consumer while getting almost nothing done.
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