A few months ago, my family and I moved to a new house. Fortunately, much more comfortable than the previous one, and much cooler. Since I mostly work from my home, I analyzed how I could maximize this new change, especially to control energy costs.
Before, our house was right in front of a school. So in order to concentrate at the time of writing, I closed the only window in the room and turned on the air conditioner. Sometimes I could be locked in the room for more than five hours.
Also, the bulb in the room, despite being an LED, did not illuminate enough for me, so to read comfortably I connected a lamp and placed it on the desk. You can imagine how much energy this single room consumed.
There was even a point when occasionally I’d work from nine in the morning until very late at night, with the air conditioner, the light bulbs, the computer and other electronic equipment connected to the electric current.
Today, while I work in my ‘office,’ I only use the ceiling fan and we are surrounded by trees and shrubs, which makes the house cooler. Sometimes I don’t even have to open the windows of my production area.
Another advantage is lighting. I take full advantage of natural light, especially when I have to write. So I only have to use my lamps in the afternoon, and, of course, at night.
Over time, I have been making adjustments to my lifestyle. And with this new change for me and my family we do everything we can to be more aware of how we use energy and how we could save even more.
I share with you some suggestions that you could start practicing in your home.
In the kitchen:
- Purchase efficient household appliances identified as energy savers.
- Unplug all appliances that you do not use daily from the power supply.
- Check the operation of your refrigerator and remember to make sure that its doors close well to avoid the loss of energy.
In the living room and bedrooms:
- Replace the incandescent bulbs, better known as conventional bulbs for LED lighting.
- Remember to turn off all the lights every time you leave a room.
- Consider installing and using a fan or ceiling fan, instead of the air conditioner.
In the backyard:
- Take advantage of natural light to the fullest to perform your favorite activities. From reading, make a craft and share with your friends.
- Plant trees and shrubs around your home to keep the house temperature cooler. Thus, when you turn on the air conditioner it will use less energy.
If you practice these things, with time you’ll notice how much energy you can really save—even living at home!