Part of living a green life is reducing how much energy you are responsible for consuming. In your home, there are many ways you can save energy without losing any of the convenience of modern living.
Keeping cool in the Caribbean
In the tropical Caribbean climate, cooling your home is either a given or something you already achieve via other methods. The only thing that you could do to improve the temperature in your home, and reduce energy if you do use an air conditioner, is to ensure that your home is well insulated and that your windows are well sealed.
You can also use a ceiling fan on not so hot days. There are several energy efficient ceiling fans you can have installed in your home. These fans come in different sizes and are affordable.
Managing electricity in your home
Using power strips is an easy way to control multiple devices at once. You can easily switch off your television, DVD player, sound system, and multiple other devices after you go to sleep. These sorts of energy sucking devices can cause a steady leak of energy that you don’t even notice.
Changing light bulbs to energy-efficient LED bulbs makes your bulbs last longer. LED bulbs use up to 85% less energy and can be purchased cheaply thanks to the growing green initiative.
When you can take advantage of natural, renewable energy, do it. Air dry your dishes instead of using a towel that will need washing. Air dry your clothes instead of using a dryer. Open the curtains and read with sunlight instead of using overhead lights.
Other ways to save energy
Speaking of curtains, making sure that they are made of heavy blackout material can drastically lower your cooling bill. Reducing the hot spots created by the sun makes it easy to maintain the temperature in your home.
Fixing leaks and faulty toilets or faucets as soon as they happen can help save water. A small leak doesn’t sound like a big thing, but the amount of water you can go through with just a single night of leaking can be a big draw on the environment.
Replacing your appliances can be a big expense, but the money you’ll save on water and electricity may just be worth it. Energy Star rated appliances are designed to consume less while performing just as well as their commercial counterparts.
Just a few changes around your home and you can kick off your sustainable life on the right foot. More drastic energy saving measures could be taken, but these are smart ways to go about living your modern life while keeping an eye on how you are affecting the world around you.