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How to Achieve Efficient Energy Conservation in the Home

Posted by: Bhushan Avastthi | Posted on: May 15th, 2013

Energy conservation in home is an intricate issue as the whole process related to energy conservation leads to restricted use of energy, reduces expenses in account of energy. However energy efficiency is not synonymous to using lesser amount of energy or to compromise with energy uses. However energy conservation means smart use of energy with support of better and improved technology and by meticulous training. This meticulous use of energy will lead to savings of money as well as it will reduce adverse environmental effect due to overuse energy driven gadgets, etc.

How to Achieve Efficient Energy Conservation in the Home

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Commonly there are four ways for implementation of energy efficiency: these are efficient use of heating and cooling, proper use of insulation, meticulous use of lighting, and planned and proper use of energy efficient appliances. Let’s take a look how to implements energy conservation in these four modules.

Efficient Use of Heating and Cooling

  • Using environment for free resource of cooling and heating
  • Use of energy efficient appliances
  • Using energy efficient passive designing for windows, doors, and ceilings
  • Efficient use of winter sun for warming house
  • Restricted entry of summer heat into house.
  • Indulging natural airflow for enjoying cross ventilation, etc.

Proper Use of Insulation

Insulation works as a blockade to heat loss and heat gain, particularly for roofs, ceilings, walls, and to some extent for floors. It helps in keeping your home warm in winter and cool in summer.

There are two prime Types of insulation:

  • Bulk insulation (usually includes batts, rolls, or boards) performs as a barrier to heat flow, keeping unwanted heat in or out of your home. It is made from materials like polyester, glass wool, wool, or recycled paper.
  • The second category of insulation is Reflective insulation that helps in keeping a home cool in summer by deflection of radiant heat. It’s typically made of shiny aluminum foil laminated on paper or plastic and is available both in the form of thin sheets and batts.

Lighting:

Proper Lighting helps in adequate energy conservation. In this method mainly energy efficient lights are used, which includes the use of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), light emitting diodes (LEDs) and fluorescent lights. LEDs and CFLs are the most energy efficient lights helps in gross energy conservation in domestic arenas.

Use of energy Efficient Appliances:

Appliances can account for up to 30% of your home energy use. It is possible to save money as well as to reduce energy by using the right appliance to meet the target needs and by its efficient uses. The arrangement of the appliance, its operation, and the way to maintain it results in total energy used to run the gadget. For example, placing a refrigerator next to an oven will compel it working harder for keeping the optimum cool. Leaving appliances on standby mode will also waste initiate energy loss that adds up to energy bill as well as it may cause hindrance in energy conservation in the home, in general.

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About Author:

Bhushan Avsatthi

Bhushan Avsatthi is a senior manager, consultant, BIM expert and a green building advisor with more than 15 years of industry experience. Bhushan imbibes the prophecy of efficient and prudent use of energy in his day to day life and advices his team to do so as well. He is also involved in green initiatives like nonprofit tree plantation project and promotes using cycles for commuting small distances. Bhushan, handles a team of architects, Structural and MEP engineers, LEED consultants and Energy modeling experts.