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Ways People Waste Energy
- Using too much energy from lights when there is a lot of natural.
- Falling asleep, and leaving the tv on
- Keeping fully charged Ipads, Iphones, Ipods, etc, in outlets
- Leaving "vampire energy" products on during the weekend or when not at home.
Ways To Save Energy
Turn your refrigerator down. Refrigerators account for about 20% of Household electricity use. Use a thermometer to set your refrigerator temperature as close to 37 degrees and your freezer as close to 3 degrees as possible. Make sure that its energy saver switch is turned on. Also, check the gaskets around your refrigerator/freezer doors to make sure they are clean and sealed tightly.
Home Heating and Cooling
Clean or replace air filters as recommended. Energy is lost when air conditioners and hot-air furnaces have to work harder to draw air through dirty filters. Cleaning a dirty air conditioner filter can save 5 percent of the energy used. That could save 175 pounds of CO2 per year.
Whenever possible, walk, bike, car pool, or use mass transit. Every gallon of gasoline you save avoids 22 pounds of CO2 emissions. If your car gets 25 miles per gallon, for example, and you reduce your annual driving from 12,000 to 10,000 miles, you'll save 1800 pounds of CO2.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:
If your car has an air conditioner, make sure its coolant is recovered and recycled whenever you have it serviced. In the United States, leakage from auto air conditioners is the largest single source of emissions of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which damage the ozone layer as well as add to global warming. The CFCs from one auto air conditioner can add the equivalent of 4800 pounds of CO2 emissions per year.
Energy Efficient Homes
WHOLE-HOUSE SYSTEMS APPROACH
If you plan to design and build a new home or do an extensive remodel on an existing house, optimizing home energy efficiency requires a whole-house systems approach to ensure that you and your team of building professionals consider all the variables, details, and interactions that affect energy use in your home. In addition to occupant behavior, site conditions, and climate, these include:
- Appliances and home electronics
- Insulation and air sealing
- Lighting and daylighting
- Space heating and cooling
- Water heating
- Windows, doors, and skylights.
Before making upgrades, you may also want to work with an energy auditor to use the Home Energy Score, which provides a rating of your home's current efficiency, as well as a list of improvements and potential savings.
Ultra-efficient homes combine state-of-the-art energy-efficient construction, appliances, and lighting with commercially available renewable energy systems, such as solar water heating and solar electricity. By taking advantage of local climate and site conditions, designers can often also incorporate passive solar heating and cooling and energy-efficient landscaping strategies. The intent is to reduce home energy use as cost-effectively as possible, and then meet the reduced load with on-site renewable energy systems.
ADVANCED HOUSE FRAMING
If you’re building a new house or adding on to an existing one, consider using advanced house framing(also known as optimum value engineering), which reduces lumber use and waste and improves energy efficiency in a wood-framed house.
Cool roofs use highly reflective materials to reflect more light and absorb less heat from sunlight, which keeps homes cooler during hot weather.
PASSIVE SOLAR HOME DESIGN
Passive solar home design takes advantage of climatic and site conditions to provide heating in the winter and cooling in the summer.
When you want to install, There must be permission. That is unless it is your own home. In apartments, you must ask the apartment manager (Though this will most likely not be permitted). Permission to installing it onto a school must be asked (to) the principal.
A disadvantage to a solar panel is that it needs a large quantity in order to power a home. It also needs consistency of sunlight to power.
If you want to install it into your head me, you can install it onto the rooftop yourself. But if you don't know how to do it, you can just hire somebody to do it.
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