Energy consumption has always been a hot topic, because the electricity produced in our homes comes from finite resources that we have to pay for, and will ultimately run out of if we don’t utilise it responsibly.
Everyone can play their part in ensuring a more energy-efficient future for Pakistan, and also save on their bills in the process. In 2015, when this statistic was last recorded, the per capita consumption of energy in Pakistan was 239.9 kilowatts per hour, a figure that can be significantly lowered if we use energy in a smart way and utilise innovative devices by companies like Areebah Technologies.
Keep the water heater on pilot or at a lower setting
Whether your water heater/geezer runs on gas or electricity, it can consume quite a lot of energy due to its constant running and need to maintain the set temperature. You can reduce this energy by keeping it running on the pilot setting or keeping the thermostat at warm rather than hot, depending on the settings your water heater has. You can also make it more efficient by adding an insulator layer, which will maintain the set temperature for longer without consuming excess energy.
Use energy-efficient LED bulbs
Lighting consumes a surprising amount of energy in the home, no matter what wattage it is. These days, the conventional fluorescent bulbs and tube lights are used less and less in home construction, which is an encouraging sign. LED bulbs consume as much as 80% lesser energy than fluorescent bulbs, so they are the obvious choice. If you get these lights from reliable vendors like Areebah Technologies, they will also last as much as three to 20 times longer than conventional light bulbs.
Turn lights off or get automated lighting systems
Make it a habit to switch lights and fans off as you leave a room. Leaving unnecessary lights on around the home is a needless waste of energy and can inflate your bills if it happens regularly. Instil the habit of switching electronics off as you leave the room in yourself and your whole family, so that all of you play a part in making this country and this planet a better place to live for generations.
Update your appliances
Older appliances were not manufactured with energy consumption concerns in mind and use outdated technology which pull a lot of electricity. We all have those chunky appliance lying around handed down by our parents, but it might be time to update them.
Most companies today make energy saving a top priority when manufacturing appliances, and compressors, in particular, have become much more efficient without taking up too much energy.
Switch off and unplug chargers when not in use
One thing most of us are guilty of is leaving chargers on for prolonged periods of time. When you’re done charging your devices, switch your chargers off and unplug them. Even if they’re off and plugged in without the device attached, they continue to consume electricity.
Use extension wires for appliances
It has been estimated by experts that appliances that are plugged in use up to 75% of their energy consumption when they are not in use. This is a worrying figure for both your bills and the environment, so measures need to be taken accordingly.
What you can do is plug your appliances into smart power strips, which can cut off their energy absorption with the click of a button. This will help save a significant amount of energy and you will also see the difference in your bills.
Insulate your home
This measure requires extensive planning and is best done when constructing your home. Installing double-glazed windows and wall insulation in your home will help it maintain a comfortable temperature for a longer time and cut down on cooling and heating costs significantly. This might be cost-intensive at first, but will pay for itself in the long term.
So, be smart with your energy consumption and make your home energy-efficient using intelligent measures and innovative devices from companies. If you have any questions or suggestions, tell us below! You can also start a new discussion on our Forum.