Sunday 25 February 2018

10 THINGS you didn't know about energy in the home

WHICH SAVES MORE WATER - HAND WASHING OR A MODERN DISHWASHER? WE BUST THE MYTHS AND GIVE YOU THE FACTS

1. Did you know that just 10 per cent of energy in a regular light bulb is used to create light? Ninety per cent of a light bulb's energy simply creates heat!

Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), however, use approximately 80 per cent less electricity than conventional light bulbs. They can also last up to 12 times longer!

2. A hot water tap that leaks one drop of water per second can add up to a whopping 620 litres of water over the course of a month. That's more water than the average person uses in two weeks!

By fixing leaky faucets you can save an inordinate amount of water, and money.

3. Believe it or not, the most energy efficient appliance in your kitchen is your microwave! Many microwaves use just one third of the wattage of most ovens.

4. Curtains are not only great for making a room look cosy and homely, they can also help save energy.

During the colder months open your curtains during the day to let sunlight spill in. Natural sunlight coming through a window will heat the room, and can help reduce expensive winter heating bills. When the sun sets close the curtains and they will reduce the amount of heat that escapes.

5. An energy efficient washing machine can save more water in a year than one person drinks in an entire lifetime! They can also save up to 50 per cent more energy than older models.

TOP TIP: a warm wash doesn't clean your clothes any better than a cold wash, and it uses a lot more energy!

6. From farm to plate, the most energy consuming part of the food chain is the kitchen! More energy is used to refrigerate and cook food than is used to produce it in the first place.

That's why choosing energy efficient appliances is so important, not only for your pocket but also for the environment.

7. Does washing your dishes by hand use less water than a dishwasher? The simple answer is, no!

A modern dishwasher uses about 22 litres less of hot water than washing by hand. That's a massive 7570 litres less a year, and it's one less chore!

8. It's important to close the fridge quickly after use, as every time you open it up to 30 per cent of the cold air can escape.

Leaving the refrigerator door open can lead to frost as well as large bills accumulating.

9. It's a well-known fact that showers are much more energy efficient than baths, but just how much energy do you save?

It can take just under 95 litres of hot water to fill the bathtub, whereas a quick shower may only use 25 litres! That's a big saving over the course of a year.

10. Approximately 30 per cent of energy used in buildings is done so inefficiently. This huge amount of unnecessary energy waste builds up costing the owner money as well as damaging the environment.

For families trying to reduce their household bills being energy efficient is one of the easiest, more affordable and most effective ways. By investing in upgrading your home families can significantly reduce household expenses. In many cases energy bills are cut by up to 30 per cent! By being kinder to the environment you can also be assured you're making a difference.

When being energy efficient, everyone wins!

Irish Independent

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