Energy saving should be a vital consideration for us. Nuclear power plants do not use renewable energy resources, and the waste is hazardous to the environment. Other power plants are clean, but their use is limited to geographical location and the availability of funds. Our technology has not managed to produce entirely nature-friendly energy.
As disheartening as the condition might sound, we can contribute to preserving the nature by taking simple steps starting from ourselves. A small step will inspire others, and when it is done by thousands or even millions of others, it will result in a considerable impact.
What a recycle symbol means
Make sure that you only pledge your customership to the rightful companies. Those are the ones that put recycle symbols on their products.
The symbol means that if the products are broken, the components and the parts can be reused to create another product. They are not going to be thrown away carelessly and end up being only a waste.
Using recyclable appliances is also saving power than using the nonrecyclables. Creating new electronics with new materials requires mining, metal processing and all other manufacturing processes starting from the scratch, while recycling makes use of the available and salvageable materials from defective products.
What energy star symbol means
House appliances that have energy stars on them have been through inspection of energy efficiency. It means that they will use the least resources to work.
Usually, appliances that have an energy star cost more than the others. But they will save your annual expense. For example, a refrigerator that has energy star can save up to thirty-six percent power. A water heater consumes much of the household electricity. And if you choose for the one that has passed energy star certification, you can cut the annual expense up to 3000 USD.
The top two power-consuming appliances
- Room Heater
During the winter and cold seasons, we spend much of our energy on keeping the room temperature in our house. Besides the main heating system of a house, we usually use portable heating devices to warm the unreachable spaces and corners.
Currently, Energy Star does not have any qualified space heaters, but there are still energy-saving oriented products available on the market, such as Dyson AM09, Vornado AVH2, Holmes HFH436, and Lasko 6462 Ceramic Heater.
- Air Conditioner
Average Americans spend around 300 USD per year for household use of air conditioning. You can decrease that expense by cooling only the selected rooms, like the bedroom or the family room. You do not have to cool the whole areas of your house.
The newest air-cons have installed sensors on them that can detect temperature and airflows. The sensors enable the air-con to work with high precision and efficiency. Panasonic CSCUS12PKR has this feature.