Do you know how much water and energy your last shower used? Showers are one of the most water and energy intensive devices in your home. They can make up to 25% of your yearly water and energy consumption and have a significant environmental footprint. Most showers waste a lot of warm water that just flows directly down the drain.
Harness The Sun for Energy Efficiency
Solar energy is an outstanding renewable resource you can use to generate electricity as long as the sun continues to shine. In return, this means that using the sun is an excellent way to cut your electricity bill. By taking advantage of the sunlight, you no longer will have to rely on your local electric grid- racking up your costs.
There’s no question as to why solar energy continues to thrive as the world’s fastest-growing energy source. As it continues to grow, eventually solar energy will reduce how much we have to rely on coal power for electricity altogether. States like New Mexico are already beginning to pass clean energy legislation, illustrating how far renewable energy has come.
If you’re looking to learn more about how solar power can heat up your pool or jacuzzi, turn on the lights for your home, and spin your fans to keep you cool, have a look at this infographic about harnessing solar energy for efficiency by The Zebra.
Every way you turn nowadays, you can hear about people going green, embracing the green lifestyle and turning their homes into eco-friendly sanctuaries, which is good. Our environment is at such a state where we should try better to do better because things are not quite looking great at this moment.
However, the fact is that turning your home into an eco-friendly oasis is not too complicated if your home is fairly new or if you are building it from scratch. But if you live in an older house, things might get a bit tricky, but it’s definitely not impossible. That’s why we’ve prepared a list of some nifty tricks that should help you out.
9 tips that cut down on a building’s energy consumption and the cost savings that can be achieved as a result.
When we think of things that pollute or harm the environment, what usually comes to mind are things like factories and cars. But did you know that your own home can be a cause for pollution?
The power that we use at home has to come from somewhere, and if you’re getting your power from a power plant, every unit of electricity you are using contributes to pollution and an increase in CO2 levels.
That’s not to say we shouldn’t use electricity at all! It’s a part of modern life. Indeed, there are ways we can use less electricity and get our electricity from more sustainable sources to help reduce our carbon footprint.
As far as reducing electricity is concerned, simple changes like making better use of existing power consumption – such as by improving insulation to make air conditioning and heating more effective – can have drastic results.
For alternative sources of power, solar panels are becoming cheaper and cheaper and many homes are able to get almost all of their power from solar alone.
The infographic below from Portable Energy Gurus lists 17 ways you can save energy and reduce both your power bill and carbon footprint.