Staying Home? Here are some Energy Saving Tips and How you Can Keep Track of your Carbon Footprint at Home
We live during extraordinary times. With everyone staying home, there is no doubt that more and more households are seeing an increase in their home’s electricity bill, thus affecting their family’s carbon footprint as well.
How can you reduce your electricity consumption while still enjoying fun activities at home? Here are some energy saving tips:
- Encourage children to have backyard activities
There are numerous activities a family could do from their backyard, such as tending to a home-grown vegetable garden in the morning; enjoying a picnic set-up with reusable cutlery and china for an afternoon snack; and even stargazing at night. These simple activities not only allow for fun family bonding, but are also beneficial to the environment. Gatherings like these require less energy and produce fewer carbon emissions.
- Switch from traditional light bulbs to LED
By doing so a household could save up to 70% on energy. This is a big cut to the costs since lighting consumes on average about 15% of the total energy consumption of a household.
- Use less hot water
Lessening the use of hot water is also another way to reduce energy consumption. Water heaters consume around Php 20 per hour–which may look small in hindsight—but definitely adds up depending on the duration of usage. There are several eco-friendly solutions to enjoy using hot water: from purchasing an energy efficient water heater, water heater insulation, to even spending less time drawing a hot bath, to name a few.
- Power with solar
It is always better to make long-term plans to save money and reduce your home’s energy consumption. In a tropical country like the Philippines, Solar energy is the way to go due to the abundance of sunlight that the country has available to harness annually. This also helps households reduce their carbon footprint. The usage of solar panels in one year, in just one home reduces the effect of carbon emissions that is comparable to planting around 100-120 trees. Consequently, installing a solar rooftop PV system provides approximately Php 25,000-Php 35,000 of annual savings, which means the return on investment could only take up to 3-4 years.
What about your carbon footprint? How can you keep track of it at home?
Today, tech developers have created several apps that could help people track and calculate how much energy is being consumed. Listed below are the top 3:
- Green Outlet
Provides a list of common appliances, while sharing the energy requirement of each one per month. Green Outlet can effectively track the appliances that contribute the most to the household’s total electricity costs. This app can also show if the user starts generating more carbon emissions than their desired target per month.
- Energy Cost Calculator
Calculates the average consumption of the user’s household appliances. This app requires clients to input their most commonly utilized hardware. Based on this data, the app calculates the total electricity costs for a certain duration. Like Green Outlet, the Energy Cost Calculator can assess a household’s carbon emissions based on their energy usage.
- Nest Mobile
Helps residents control the temperature of their household with the use of their phone–regardless of the homeowner spending the day at home, or running out on an errand. The app can also report the energy efficiency of each household appliance, and share the energy consumption history with the user.
Truly technology has changed how homeowners can keep track of their lifestyle and develop a home perfect for sustainable living. Pair this with a few energy saving tweaks, add some small changes in each one’s daily habits, and one’s family will be on the right track to enjoying eco-friendly and low-carbon days at home.