August 06, 2012
With a small investment under a $100.00
Now we will write about
option 2, Electrical Energy Saving with a small investment,
usually no more than $100.00.
In places like
bathrooms and rooms occupied normally by one person and very
prolonged lapses without any body in the room, a simple sensor can
be installed, say some three minutes after the occupant leaves, will
switch off and switch on instantaneously if some body enters.
Replace the door seal
of the refrigerator, if it doesn't with stand the test as explained
in Electrical Energy Saving
Replace CRT screens
and old type TV's with flat screens. Replace old laundry machines,
fridges etc. with more efficient models. Frequently the energy
company will provide soft loans to help with these replacements.
Ask if this is the case in your area.
Paint walls opposite
windows in a lighter color, to reflect more light deeper in the
Install 50 cm wide
reflective panels 50 cm below the top and across the windows to
reflect more daylight in the rooms. Check out what the right angle
should be according to the path of the sun, specific for your
Buy and use covered
ice trays in the freezer. For the same reason, do not leave
uncovered liquids in freezer or fridge as this will use more energy
to get rid of the moisture.
Use a simple weekly
timer to switch off the fridge/freezer
during the night hours
after the last person retires up to an hour before the first person
wakes up. In the few hours lots of energy is saved and the
fridge/freezer stays cool as nobody opens the doors.
Install windows with
double glass and adequate sealing to avoid loss of cold, c.q. warm
air. Seal all doors. Use small ventilators to keep the air inside
ventilated and spread evenly.
If you live in a dry
and/or windy place, consider doing away your drier or build a simple
solar drying cabinet with plastic sheeting or the more sophisticated
panel seen in the following
YOU TUBE film,
appliances such as lamps and televisions away from the thermostat of
the central air conditioner.
Shade the outside
component of window air-conditioning if it is in full sunlight
Set the thermostat on
the highest setting to still feeling comfortable,, even if you have
to wear an extra vest.
Replace filters of the
air conditioner, according to the maintenance guide..
Use a timer to switch
off equipment with standby mode when not in use. Depending on the
total number of this type of appliances, you might save up to 14 %
on energy. Determine switch off times according to normal use.
Air dry dishes instead
of using the dishwasher's dryer cycle, placing them in a draft
between two windows
Purchase a small
plug-in meter for less than $40.00 to measure the consumption of
your major appliances at various operating conditions, e.g. the
washing machine with various loads. If you cannot measure, you
cannot control and if you cannot control you can not improve.
Purchase a Receptacle
Tester for few dollars,
to detect faulty wiring. A leak to ground may cost you dearly. Never
ever connect the ground to a waterline as this may in the worst case
cause an electrocution.
These were some of the
most important ways to Electrical Energy Saving with a small
investment upfront. In the next topic I will write about how to save big
with a major investment.
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Electrical Energy Saving
without spending a dime.
with small investments, under a 100 dollar.
with an investment upfront.
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