In the pre-pandemic period, most family members would come home and relax together only after work or school. Staying at home 24/7 has now become the new normal, one aspect of which has (naturally) led to an increase in the monthly household energy usage. As Covid19 keeps us locked in our homes indefinitely, it’s important to learn to manage home resources more efficiently than ever before.
Almost 20% of our energy use constitutes water heating, followed by lighting, refrigeration and cooking, and other appliances. The best real estate developers in Pune offer IGBC certified green projects which comply with sustainable technology norms. These residences are designed to provide up to 20-30% in energy savings and 30-50% in water savings, along with enhanced air quality and optimum natural day lighting for an energy-efficient and healthy indoor living environment.
If you wish to cut back on your utility bills and enjoy cost savings, here are a few tips to put into practice.
Tips To Manage Energy Usage At Home During Covid19
Set the air conditioning thermostat on the highest comfortable setting
Change or clean air conditioner filters monthly as dirty filters can increase operating costs by 20%
Use ceiling and portable fans wherever possible to save energy
Replace your lighting to ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs, which use 70-90% less energy than standard bulbs
Turn off all lights, fans and electronics when you leave any room
Shut the windows and close the curtains during peak hours of the day to prevent hot air and sunrays from heating the indoors
Turn off the stand-by power on electronics like TVs and stereo systems when not in use
Use the energy-saving feature on electronics when in use
Lower the brightness on all TV screens
Stream content on the smallest device depending on the number of people watching
Keep your showers short and lukewarm
Turn on your water heater one hour prior to usage and turn it off at the circuit breaker once you’re done with your hot water needs
Turn off the exhaust fan 15 minutes after your shower
Use cold water in your clothes washer
Use the auto dry option (moisture sensing) instead of timed drying
Clean the lint trap between loads to increase air circulation and the dryer efficiency
Hang your clothes to let them air dry
Dust off the top of your refrigerator and coils to maximize cooling and efficiency
Cover liquids and foods stored in the refrigerator as uncovered foods release moisture and reduce compressor efficiency
Use the right size of pots according to the heating ring size
Cover with a pot lid when cooking and follow the correct time and temperature guide
Use small appliances like toaster ovens, electric pressure cookers, microwave ovens, or convection ovens for small meals rather than a large stove or oven
When cooking in an oven, don’t open the door as this wastes a lot of energy and heat
Run the dishwasher only on a full load
Let your dishes air dry
These tips will help you manage your utility expenses and lower your carbon footprint. While we together try to overcome the economic hardships faced in these times, we trust that you and your family are taking every precaution to stay safe and healthy at home. If you’re looking for IGBC certified residences, Pharande Spaces offers premium flats in Ravet for sale.
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