Eco-efficiency is a subject that everyone should research; the economic and ecological issues that face this country cannot be ignored. The water consumption and energy consumption of the average American is surprisingly high. After taking a careful inventory of my stock, I can now see the areas in which I can make improvements regarding the amount of energy I use. When determining the ways in which I can expend less energy, I would start with the ? plan for less consumption and then move on to the 1/10 plan.
The reductions can be gradual and made over the course of a year like the audit of my standing stock. When making an estimate about my energy consumption, I begin with the appliances in my bedroom. As suggested at coned. com, I would keep my thermostat at 68° during the day and 60° at night. I would also seal up the areas around my windows to better insulate my apartment. With a careful schedule that includes cleaning the furnace filter once a month and moving my furniture so that all the air vents are unblocked, I can reduce the energy use while enduring very little change in the temperature.
The coned. com site has also provided me with information concerning lowering the thermostat by two degrees every winter and raising it two degrees every summer; by doing this, my bills will be lower and I won’t be contributing 500 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Once the thermostat regulating the temperature of my entire apartment is changed, I can begin to look at different individual appliances. Beginning in my bedroom, where I tend to spend the majority of my time, I look over the two laptops and the desktop computer first.
Sometimes one will run quietly, unused in the background while I use my primary computer for creative design projects. An easy solution to this is to make sure the only computer that I am currently using is turned on and the other two computers are shut down entirely. This alone is a 66% reduction in computer usage. Some appliances merely sit on standby like my two printers; standby is requires very little energy consumption – but there is no need for that small amount to be used at all.
Shutting down both printers entirely when they are not being used is a 100% decrease in the energy consumption done there. Beyond my computer equipment which is absolutely essential as a graphic design student, I had two floor lamps which can easily be reduced with the use of only one at a time. My room will be significantly dimmer, but I can definitely adjust to this new lighting concept. I have an air purifier that can be turned on for only 25% of the time, rather than running it constantly.
The heater is stored away during the spring and summer months, reducing that energy consumption by 100%. Now I will appraise the energy consumption in the kitchen. My stove is used to make meals and is essential. The dishwasher can be used even less frequently and perhaps can be foregone entirely as I progress in my efforts to lower my energy consumption. The washer and dryer are huge energy consumers, but as I mentioned before in my evaluation of my standing stock, the numerous clothes in my possession allow me to wear my clothes without repeat for more than a month.
This infrequent use as well as the use of the energy saver models of GM electric washer/dryers saves a huge amount of money and energy. More tips from coned. com suggest only using the washing machine when there is a full load, and clearing the lint trap to heighten the efficiency of the dryer. Also, instead of using the dryer, I could hang my clothes on a clothes line, depending on the weather. Obviously in Winter or in Spring’s rainy season, this would be impossible.
Finally, in the living room, I would be able to reduce my energy consumption in numerous ways. There are numerous floor lamps – I would only use one. With my large DVD collection, I’m often tempted to watch them, using the electricity of my television, the DVD player, and the lights that illuminate the room while I’m there. By cutting the amount of time I spend watching television, significant reductions are made in three different appliances. There are many steps I can take for the overall situation of ecological conservation.
During the day, I can take my laptops outside and work; I could read outdoors and relax, using the sun as my light source. Obviously keeping appliances on in the rooms I’m in and shutting down appliances elsewhere is a way to decrease the usage of energy. There are many different ways to help the environment. If everyone took the time to reduce their unnecessary energy expenditures, the environment would be healthier for everyone and future generations.