World Environment Day – How to Conserve Energy With Electricity Saving Devices – Efficient House Insulation

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World Environment Day – How to Conserve Energy With Electricity Saving Devices – Efficient House Insulation

World Environment Day – How to Conserve Energy With Electricity Saving Devices – Efficient House Insulation

The World Environment Day, 5th June 2020 (WED) is soon to be the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental actions. And though each environmentally positive action pails in the eye of extensive global threats, with millions coming together for a common cause, we can eventually create a huge difference in our lives and legacy for generations to come. Learning how to conserve energy with electricity saving devices is the first step towards the motto of WED.

So whenever someone talks about making a positive environmental impact with energy-saving ideas, seldom does the topic of efficient house insulation dominate the conversation. It is rather surprising, considering the fact you could literally shave off half your utility bill simply by regulating the temperature of your home. Hence, there is no better area to begin your energy saving ideas than building efficient house insulation.

The function of insulation is to regulate the amount of heat within the house. It is used to reduce or stop the heat flow or loss from your home’s interior. With the proper insulation, you can not only keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer, but also build a well ventilated and insulated system as well. And a well-insulated house would include an efficiently functioning heating and cooling system.

Leaks are the key enemy of a good home insulation system. Leaks and drafts will cause heat exchange where insulation is lacking, eventually giving rise to heat loss and requiring more energy to control interior temperature. The ultimate result is much higher energy usage.

The issue then is to identify the areas which require insulation and zero in on mending the leakages if any. The first places to check are of course your switches and power outlets; next would be the plumbing, wall partitions, window and door seals, flooring, attic, and basements, not to mention crawl space.

Check out the blueprint of your house and you will have a better idea of your home design and whether you could rectify the R-values of insulating materials.

Take for instance the places with a greater propensity to lose heat like the attic, flooring, bathroom, windows, walls and partitions, doors. You will need to use enhanced insulation materials to ensure that no heat loss, thereby enabling you to control the interior temperature at will. Avoid sunk-lights to avoid losing heat as well.

When installing electrical products and fixtures, read the instructions thoroughly, and observe what should and should not be done for the installation.

Something that many of us might simply have missed out on is to keep the temperature sensors away from heating appliances, namely stove, oven, spotlights, and any other heat-emitting devices. The main reason is that these devices tend to interfere with the temperature reading as well as effective heat regulation.

Avoid spotlights, plasma TVs, chandeliers, and central water heating systems. Instead, find alternative electricity saving devices in their place such as CFL low-energy lighting, LED TVs, standalone water heating systems. And check out a reputed contractor for other electricity-saving devices for your home to cut even more off your utility bills.

Imagine a well-insulated home like a well-sealed fridge. You get less or zero heat loss which essentially requires lesser energy usage and eventually lower utility bills. And not to mention, you are emitting much less carbon emission into the atmosphere too.

Why Solar is Going to Be HUGE

While skeptics still abound, I believe that solar energy is destined to be one of the most important sources of power in the not-so-distant future. Why? For three reasons:

  1. Technology and the “PV Moore’s Law”: while Moore’s Law (every 18 months the cost of processing power halves) may not apply exactly, a “photo-voltaic Moore’s Law” does seem to apply to solar technology. According to Paul Saffo, an associate engineering professor at Stanford University and a longtime observer of Silicon Valley, “A solar cell is just a big specialized chip, so everything we’ve learned about making chips applies.” Silicon-based solar technology has decoupled from the semiconductor industry and is achieving steady cost reductions. The PV Moore’s Law states with every doubling of capacity, PV costs come down by 20 percent. This dynamic of rapid innovation and exponential cost reductions probably doesn’t apply to other technologies, whether they be other forms of renewable energy or traditional forms of energy.
  2. Scalability: solar is scalable from the tiny cells on your pocket calculator to building materials all the way up to massive concentrated solar power installations. Compared with other forms of power, solar can and will be ubiquitous.
  3. Distributed: unlike other forms of power, solar is distributed. That means that it competes with the retail price—if the PV generating cost is comparable to the total delivered cost of electricity, that’s good enough.

Perhaps one more thing to take into consideration is the fact that solar is attracting top talent—both individuals and companies (e.g. IBM)—from the electronics and computer industries and funding from top Silicon Valley venture capitalists such as Kleiner Perkins. These are some of the best technologists, entrepreneurs, and investors in the world. Things are going to happen

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