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When we were at school we learned about the different types of energy, both renewable and non-renewable. What we did not look at then, was how fast the non-renewable energy sources were being depleted. It is now well advertised that the world faces ongoing energy crises and this will affect energy usage globally and individually, not one person will be unaffected in one way or another.
Is this something we should leave to our governments to resolve or are there things that we as individuals can do to save power?
The simple answer is a resounding, "Yes, we can!"
Here are some ways that anyone can do to save power at home:
Lighting: There are special light bulbs that save power by using less to produce the same intensity of light called compact fluorescent light (CFL). If you use these as much as you can, you can save a significant amount of power. Even though these bulbs are more expensive initially, they are more cost-effective over time.
Computers: Even when we turn off our computers we generally do not switch off the monitor. We can do our bit to save power for the world by switching off both the monitor and the computer when they are not in use. This is something that can be done both at home and at work, and most responsible workplaces encourage this practice.
Air Conditioning: By setting your air conditioner at the minimum and maximum temperatures that you are comfortable with, you can help save a lot of energy. Make sure that the temperature is not too high or too low and set at in a reasonable range.
Washing: Make sure that when you use your washing machine that you have a full load and use the minimum temperature required to get your washing clean and hygienic. By minimizing the number of washes you need to do, you will save more power.
Television: If you unplug your TV when you are not watching it you can save power by taking this small step.
Geysers: There is a minimum temperature that you can keep the geyser thermostat at. The water does not need to be heated very hot or for too long. By maintaining the right heat you can save power here too.
Refrigerator: When putting hot food in the refrigerator, cool it to room temperature before putting it in inside. By taking cold or frozen food out of the refrigerator ahead of time you can save more power by limiting the heating or thawing power you need to use.
Car: When using the air-conditioner, close your windows first so that the unit uses less energy and is more effective.
If you incorporate these tips into your daily habits, very soon you will see a marked improvement in your power bills as you save power at home. Get your family in on it as well, and you teach your children how to take care of their future for them and their families.


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