Energy efficiency should be a concern of all people in the modern world. Many of the things we do on a daily basis consume energy, whether it’s watching television, browsing the internet, or driving to work every day. Australia is one of the most serene and beautiful places on the planet, but it won’t always be that way if energy consumption continues to rise.
Energy efficiency is increasingly important: that much is obvious. What isn’t so obvious is what can be done about it. Buildings are one of the largest contributors to global pollution and potential warming. Vehicles are right in the same category. Professionals are always working to make buildings and vehicles more eco-friendly. But, what about the home where you live?
Depending on how much you drive on a daily basis, you probably consume the most amount of energy while at home. Almost all of the appliances, gadgets and other utilities required to enjoy a comfortable life consume some amount of electrical energy. If you have gas running in your home, then that’s consumed as well for heating water, the stove or a furnace.
Since so much energy is consumed at home through various outlets, it makes sense that it’s the perfect place to start changing. Luckily, there are a lot of things you can do around the home to improve your carbon footprint. Some of those options will be covered shortly. But first, here are some pointers for those who aren’t convinced yet of the importance of running an energy efficient home.
If you aren’t convinced of the importance of energy efficiency, then it’s likely because you don’t yet understand the benefits that come with it. When you ask others who have made the change to an eco-friendly home why they did what they did, most of them will give the same two answers: the environment and their wallet.
Let’s discuss first the wallet. Energy is not cheap. Most forms of energy used regularly today are from non-renewable sources, such as fossil fuels. A non-renewable source means that sooner or later there will be none left. That means prices continue to rise as the leaders in the industry say that the supply is running low. True, humanity may not run out of oil in the next century even, but will happen sooner or later and that is something we must prepare for.
When you decide to live in a more energy efficient home, you are choosing to live a more affordable life. Energy from a renewable source is always free. It doesn’t cost money to get sunlight, feel the wind blow, or have water run over generator. It does cost money to install the required equipment, but that’s a small investment compared to the money that you’ll save.
Even the government and many large organisations are taking a stand behind homes and businesses making an eco-friendly change. Everyone is interested in saving money and they are starting to realise that renewable energy sources like the sun are a great way to do so.
The second reason and the more important one is the environment. Every energy efficient home on the planet harms the environment slightly less than their neighbour. The human race is showing no signs of slowing down or stopping. This equates to a growth in housing, businesses and manufacturing.
All of these surpluses put a lot of strain on the natural environment. Carbon emissions continue to plague large city areas like Sydney. You could be one of the people who takes a stand and decides to do as little damage to the environment as possible. Many scientists question whether Earth can survive having all of its limited resources constantly being drained while harmful pollutants are returned in their place.
The more small changes you can make around the home that saves energy the better. The best thing you could do is make a complete upgrade to a renewable energy source (most likely solar energy). Even adding solar panels and integrating it with your existing system would make a noticeable difference.
Making energy efficient choices in shopping for appliances or other utilities is also a great idea. For instance, if you need a new refrigerator, why not make the smart choice and purchase an energy saving model? Almost all appliances have energy efficient counterparts. Look for models stamped with certifications like those from Energy Star.
Finally, the construction of your home itself plays a big role in the energy you consume. There are a lot of structural upgrades you can make to lessen your carbon footprint. Installing new, high-efficiency windows will keep the temperature where it needs to be, thus saving money on heating and cooling.
The improvements listed above are only the tip of the iceberg. Follow the others who seek to improve the environment and their wallets by making eco-friendly decisions. You too can turn your home into a perfect example of what energy efficient homes should be.