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Oct 03

Go Green! Save Energy

programmable thermostat - save energyNow more than ever before we hear various social groups and organisation talking about growing concerns over how Global warming is affecting the Earth. So, what are we doing about it? To be honest, nothing! Yes, it’s true that the weather has been most unpredictable and the heat has become almost unbearable. But, does that give us the right to not care about our environment? Isn’t it about time that we thought about the future generations and decided to Go Green to save energy? Yes, let’s take a stand to each do our own little part to preserve this planet that we call home and save the world for our children.

It’s understandable that we live in well-developed and advanced times, and almost every home and office is well equipped with the best in latest technologies to make life easier. We have grown accustomed to these modern amenities in our daily lives. Our basic necessities include lighting, heating, electricity, gas and water supply. With temperatures rising way above average limits on the thermometer, with the humidity becoming unbearable and driving people to dehydration, it has become more important now than ever, to have good air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

Most HVAC systems don’t have meters on their equipment, so it’s impossible to know how much energy is being used and how much is being wasted. If you install energy meters for two chillers, then these energy saving devices will help you make decisions to operate your HVAC device at optimum level. In cases of high humidity, use your chiller as a dehumidifier to cool the air and condense liquid water out of the air. You need to get your HVAC system serviced at least once annually to ensure that it is at optimum running efficiency for money and energy saving.

Programmable thermostats are also great energy saving devices. Set your thermostat according to your routine, especially in summer. When no one is home, set it a few degrees higher so that you are not wasting energy by cooling an empty house. With proper use, programmable thermostats can save you about a thousand bucks a year in energy costs.

Recently, another one of these energy saving devices are small mechanical devices installed in the refrigerant circulation of an air-conditioner or refrigerator. They give about 20% energy saving on air-cooled systems and about 8% energy savings on water-cooled systems, depending on conditions.

There are many simple ways to conserve energy. An air-conditioner is not always required; use your ceiling fans to create cool breeze in a room. Using fans will moderate temperature, enable proper air circulation, and save more energy. Use the fan regulator to operate them at reduced capacity. Believe it or not, fans at 50% speed use only 15% energy. Moving air can make a somewhat higher temperature and/or humidity feel comfortable. Fans can help delay or reduce the need for air conditioning, and a temperature setting of only three to five degrees higher can feel as comfortable with fans.

Remember, when you leave the room, turn off the fan. Draw the curtains/ shades shut before you leave home. This keeps the sun’s rays from overheating the inside of your home. In any building, Lighting is a significant source of heat. In summer, you use energy to turn the light on, and then even more energy to cool off the air that was heated because of the light. So turn off lights when it is cooler. Replace those incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), since they use less energy, last about 10 times longer, and produce about 75 percent less heat, so bills are automatically reduced.


Dick is a free lancer writer and content builder for many sites and magazines, he wrote many more articles and currently he writes for Be-Cool Group.

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