Approximately 80 percent of the world’s population has access to electricity. Therefore, there is a significant number of people that are living of the grid. This may sound like a scene of the apocalypse, but the truth is that we are not really in a bad situation. There are fewer energy poor people around the globe, owing to increasing urbanization. Achieving universal access to electricity is desirable because it can solve numerous global development challenges.
The question now is: do you have any idea how much electricity your home uses? The likelihood is that you do not have the answer. You are not the only one who is unaware of the amount of kWh that is utilized over a certain period of time. Literally, every home in the world wastes energy. We are all guilty of this bad habit. And should break it.
Energy consumption and climate change
You are familiar with the global warming issue. The production and use of energy has a massive impact on climate change. As a result of human activities, significant amounts of greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere, affecting the environment, as well as human health. Technological innovations like energy-efficient appliances are designed to reduce carbon emissions but, unfortunately, they do not enjoy popularity among homeowners who only care about expenses and are not willing to invest in appliances with an Energy Star rating or save energy, for that matter.
Reducing household energy consumption – a practice that is not without benefits
There are many reasons why homeowners, including you, should make an effort and reduce household energy consumption. In addition to helping save the environment, there are the major benefits of energy efficiency.
Keeping energy costs low
Electricity is expensive, to say the least. What exactly determines the cost of electricity? The access to natural resources and generation facilities. It is interesting to note that electricity prices represent controversial issues in many countries, especially in Canada. Energy costs have been rising slowly but surely in the last years, placing a great deal of pressure on Canadian homes. The economy continues to grow and it seems that the demand for electricity will increase too.
Do you dread receiving the utility bill? It is only natural since it is the largest bill of the month. A high utility bill is an indicator of an inefficient house. When it comes down to determining the source of poor energy efficiency, it is a good idea to contract an energy auditor. A skilled professional is capable of identifying where the property is losing the most energy and, most importantly, suggest effective improvements. Right now, your home is using more heating and cooling energy than necessary. The energy audit will no doubt identify the present deficiencies, including the ones that cannot be seen with the naked eye.
It is true that there are certain things that you can do yourself. However, it is not a good idea to carry out an energy audit all by yourself. Reach out to an energy auditor and follow their advice. As electricity prices continue to rise, finding ways to cut down on consumption is essential.
Improving the quality of your life
According to the World Energy Council, it is paramount to make a change right away. One of the many consequences of overusing energy is a decrease in the quality of life. To be more precise, a great deal of energy is deployed to heat and cool the home, the results being that a comfortable temperature is not achieved. Far from it. Optimizing a household’s energy use results in an increase in the quality of life. You will see your quality of life considerably improving as you implement energy-efficient measures. The home will be warmer, adequately ventilated, and there will no risks of illnesses. Mold growth is another thing that you do not have to worry about.
Stepping up the home’s sale price
If you will ever sell the property that you own at the time being, you need to get an idea of its value on the real estate market. This matters even if you plan to let someone temporarily use the abode. If your home is not energy-efficient, a low price tag will be placed on the property. In today’s real estate market, green homes are considered an investment worth considering. There is no better time like the present to make upgrades.
Understand the energy waste in your home
As mentioned at the beginning of the article, all homes are guilty of wasting energy. In other words, they use energy that they do not really need. What is there to do? That is a good question. It is important to acknowledge the fact that you are an electricity hog. Energy waste takes place in the home and you do not even realize what is causing it. It is costly for you and your household, not to mention the fact that energy waste negatively affects the planet. These are the main sources of energy waste:
- Air leakage: When the outside air penetrates the house, through cracks and openings, and the warm air escapes it is not possible to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. The heating and cooling system is required to work harder to ensure an optimal temperature.
- Thermostat control: Not programming the thermostat wastes money. The furnace works more than usual, consuming an impressive amount of electricity. It is recommendable to adjust the thermostat down a few degrees.
- Leaving electronics plugged in: Do you ever forget to unplug the electronics? Yes. You do not think that it is highly necessary to turn them off, but it is. Why? Because these devices continue to use up energy. We are talking about the TV, phone charger, and the computer.
If you really want to get the whole picture, think about acquiring the services of an energy auditor, as an expert of this kind is able to determine intentional and unintentional energy waste. Until the professional arrives, seal the air leaks, adjust that thermostat, and make sure not to leave the electronics plugged in.