The problem of the increase in the rates of public services worries all citizens of cities and towns. Electricity is becoming more and more expensive, as the reserves of resources used to transform thermal energy into electricity begin to run out on our planet. Prices go up every year and consumption grows steadily. Therefore, the following question arises, how and why you need to save electricity in a summer house, apartment or cottage. In this article, we will try to answer these questions.
Why is electricity more expensive?
The first reason, as mentioned above, is that the Earth's resources like coal, oil, and natural gas are running out. The second reason is the environmental problem. By burning the same coal, harmful elements are emitted into the atmosphere in large quantities. The environmental issue began to bother scientists a lot, so in many countries they began to move towards environmentally friendly types of electricity production, such as nuclear, wind and water. However, this is costly during construction and dangerous if all safety precautions are not followed.
It should also be noted that electricity consumption in cities and towns is growing day by day, since in our modern life the home and other technical equipment require a large amount of electricity. And since tariffs are increasing, the price is sometimes hefty. Of course, there are many ways to save money.
The state of the economy, inflation and tax increases also play a very important role. Next, we will consider the options why you need to save electricity.
Why is it important to save electricity
As already mentioned, most people are on a fairly limited budget, so saving energy is often a priority, especially in winter. In addition, such savings will lead to a decrease in the consumption of natural resources and, consequently, the emission of harmful substances into the atmosphere will decrease.
To give a rough idea of how this manifests itself, here is an example. The main resource used to generate electricity is coal. Generating 100 watts of power uses approximately 50 kilograms of coal. Therefore, by saving hundreds of watts of electricity, you save a resource and therefore do not harm nature.
The same can be calculated for other types of resources. So, for example, when generating 100 W of electricity, an average of 30 liters of oil and the same amount of natural gas are consumed. That is, by saving electricity in your home, you are doing better not only for yourself, but for the entire country.
How to save money
Statistics show that the greatest amount of energy is spent on lighting the house, since no house at this time can do without an electric light bulb. Some rooms may have up to a dozen of them. It is easy to calculate the consumption yourself. For example, in the living room there is a four-tone chandelier. On average, 80-100 W bulbs are used, that is, about 400 W of electricity is consumed per hour. Since the light in the room is often not on all day, the consumption, at first glance, is not so good. However, there is a hefty sum per month, and that's just for coverage. Therefore, as an option to save energy, "housekeeping" bulbs (fluorescent and LED) are used. They reduce electricity consumption three times or even more. They pay for themselves in full, as their useful life is measured in years, about five to ten years.
Also, don't forget about overall light savings as sometimes people can forget to turn it off and it stays on all night or all day. Alternatively, it is advisable to use natural sunlight during the day and turn on the lighting at night. Also, don't forget to wash your chandeliers, windows, and use light-colored wallpaper on the walls. This creates the feeling of a brighter room and eliminates the need for additional lighting.
Also, after lighting in terms of electricity consumption, heating follows, but can switch to independent. You should not forget about the insulation of your home, regardless of whether you live in an apartment or in a private house. This plays a very important role, as the heat will not leave your home and you will not turn on the heaters as often. Install metal-plastic windows, as wooden ones are hot, but over time they dry out and begin to let the wind from the street blow the heat out of the house. All this requires considerable expenses, but it is better to invest once and then not worry about unnecessary expenses than to spend a lot of money on heating and electricity every month.
The next wiring on the list. Most houses still have old wiring. It works, but during operation it wears out and the insulation can transmit electrical impulses to the outside. This leads to a loss of electricity, as well as a lack of voltage in the network. It is worth getting rid of unnecessary plugs, tees and extension cords that are not used, as they increase the resistance in the circuit and there is a higher consumption. The surplus of this equipment sooner or later can cause a short circuit.
Devices connected to the network, but not turned on, while in sleep mode, still consume electricity. The costs are negligible, but over a long period of time, spending can affect you. If you are not using the device or the computer at the moment, we recommend that you disconnect the device from the network to save power. Especially it is worth paying attention to devices that consume a lot of power. Among them are an electric stove, a kettle, a food processor, and more. It is better not to use them at full capacity unnecessarily. And so it is with almost all household appliances. For example: the refrigerator cannot be placed next to the heater, as it will not turn off and will constantly cool down.
Wealthy people install systems and devices that regulate their own electricity consumption at home. Although they have no doubts about why to save electricity. This is very expensive equipment and not everyone can afford it. Therefore, try to save electricity in all the ways listed above.
So, summarizing, we can see that it is necessary and useful to save electricity in the house. This gives you the opportunity not only to save your funds, but also to protect nature itself.
We hope this article gave you an idea of why you need to save energy. Be careful and careful when choosing a way to save money.