The daily consumption of energy has a considerable effect on the planet. Fossil fuels such as gas, coal or black gold emit harmful gases into space and can lead to global warming. What can we do to reduce our energy consumption and our impact on the environment? Read on to learn more.
Reduce the energy consumption of your electrical and sanitary equipment
Printers, televisions, appliances… all these devices use energy to operate. It must be said that they consume more electricity.
It is true that some devices such as computers or mobile devices work thanks to their accumulator. They consume less energy than the other devices you use at home in your daily life.
Setting up and using a heater can contribute to increased energy consumption in the home. Adopt the right habits to reduce the ecological footprint of your air conditioning and heating system.
There are a few essential, simple and practical tips to reduce the energy consumption of your appliances and their impact on the planet.
Don’t leave your equipment on standby
You can** reduce the ecological impact **of your energy consumption by putting all your equipment in standby mode. This simple and easy action will help you save money on your electricity bill.
If possible, turn off certain devices such as printers, televisions or computers when you are not using them. Unplug them when you are away or at night.
Turn off the power directly
A transformer, even if it is inactive, can still consume energy and therefore electricity.
In some cases, pressing the off button on your device is not enough to** reduce its effect** on the environment. Even when inactive, it can still release greenhouse gases when plugged in. So, it’s a good idea to unplug these devices entirely.
Use environmentally friendly electrical appliances
Many brands of electrical appliances now offer environmentally friendly devices. These brands are well aware of the impact of the use of these devices on the planet. If possible, buy only certified and labeled equipment.
- Opt for the Nordic ecolabel for your devices such as decoders, speakers, radios or even DVD players and projectors.
- Go for the ecolabel for televisions.
- The TCO label is indicated for hearing aids.
All these certifications are a guarantee of safety for users since the equipment is both recyclable and repairable. In addition, these devices are not only extremely efficient to use, but also do not contain components that are harmful to humans.
Before purchasing an electrical device, consider first finding out what** type of equipment **is right for your needs in terms of functionality or size. Among the electrical products available in stores or on the Internet, choose the equipment that uses the least energy.
Light your home responsibly
In a house, nearly 15% of energy consumption, excluding cooking, hot water and heating, is related to lighting alone.
Turn off the light immediately when you leave the room
Do not leave light bulbs on when you leave the room. This can be a factor in increasing your electricity bill, but it is also a factor in global warming.
Make the most of the light emitted by the sun
Making the most of natural light is a good way to reduce energy consumption. Sit near windows to work or read a newspaper or book. Also, choose light colors when painting the walls. These types of colors reflect a lot of light.
Adapt the power of the bulbs to your needs or install LED lamps
A lamp of 100 Watts or more is not suitable for lighting a room with a light color. Instead, **choose low-wattage bulbs **or install fluorescent light bulbs.
LED lamps are a healthier, more ecological and economical alternative. Indeed, they are sold at a lower price than energy saving lamps or halogen lights. LED bulbs also do not contain mercury.