Turn Off The Lights; Facts To Confirm Your Knowledge

It’s possible to make an individual effort to reduce the carbon footprint of the economy. What would be a better way to contribute by start saving electricity at your home and office? John Theodore Houghton, the writer of Global Warming: Complete Briefing mentions the largest savings in electricity are found in home appliances and commercial lighting.

Depletion of electricity sources is one of the major reasons why electricity rates suffer from price hikes. The sources include gas, coal, oil etc. By attempting to save electricity, an individual effort can be made towards conserving natural resources of the earth. The action also has an impact on carbon footprint, limiting the reliance on fossil fuels and reducing the emission of greenhouse gases.

It takes a few minutes to turn off the lights when not required. Assuming the average electricity cost is 15 cents per kilowatt-hour, and the average CLF bulb consumes about 20 watts, which translates into 180 kilowatt-hours.

Consider turning off the bulbs when you’re going for grocery. It will take you 3 hours on average to come back, and by then, you’ve saved 60 watts of electricity. Imagine the savings you can achieve by turning off the lights whenever you don’t need them.

Appliances are big consumers of electricity. According to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, devices such as DVD players, tablets, smartphones etc. consume an average of 44 watts when switched off and 9 watts in standard mode.

A normal VCR consumes 13 watts per day or 114 kilowatt-hours annually. If you’re paying 15 cents per kilowatt-hour, the VCR power is costing you $17.1 per year.  You’re likely to have more similar items at your home, consuming over $100 per year on average. Plugging out even half of the appliances can lead to an average savings of $50 per year.

Energy rates vary for different areas, and a more accurate estimate of money savings per year can be made by finding out the electricity rate of your area through websites like  www.Electric.com.

Here are some of the things you can do to save electricity:

1.  Unplug electricity sucking appliances

As mentioned above, gadgets and appliances can suck up electricity as long as they’re plugged into a power source. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory reports that leaving appliances plugged in standby mode consumes 5 to 10 percent residential electricity on average. They can be unplugged when fully charged or not being used.

2.  Replace conventional lights

Lightning accounts for 20 percent of electricity bill in most homes. Conventional lights should be replaced by compact-florescent lamps (CFLs). They cost more, but also last 5 times longer compared to their conventional counterparts and generate less heat. Lower watt bulbs should be placed wherever possible.

3.  Invest in smart units

Smart units turn off automatically when the charge given to a particular appliance or gadget has been filled. They’re able to detect that power is no longer required by the plugged in device, and provide cost savings by saving electricity consumption.

By making some lifestyle changes and small investments, it’s possible to reduce the production of electricity waste and depletion of natural resources.