Why Energy Conservation is Important During the Lockdown?
While everyone follows the mandatory stay home protocol during the enhanced community quarantine, members of the family are staying under one roof and consuming more energy than ever. These extraordinary times could last for weeks or months, and may even become the new norm. Which is why it is vital for the work from home generation to now look at different ways to be conscious and practice energy conservation. Why is energy conservation important during the enhanced community quarantine period?
- Energy conservation significantly reduces the utility bills
As the nation works, studies, and plays at home due to the coronavirus, it is only natural for the electricity bill and other utility bills to increase. Local essential services such as Meralco, Maynilad, and telecommunications providers have recorded high meter readings during the lockdown. There are a few quick fixes and habits that can help lower utility bills when consciously practiced, such as: using energy-efficient lighting; turning-off the lights when not in use; unplugging appliances at night before sleeping; programming the air conditioner and coffee maker to shut down after a few hours; and even remembering to turn off the faucet while cleaning the dishes.
- Energy conservation reduces the home’s carbon footprint
Saving energy is good for the environment. Energy Sage shares that, “69% of residential greenhouse gas emissions in the United States were the result of electricity use.” When one practices the small act of replacing incandescent light bulbs with energy saving LED lights, it reduces the amount of electricity consumed by house lights by 75%–that’s less fossil fuel burned to produce energy! Furthermore, forgetting to turn off the lights at night, even just one compact fluorescent lamp or LED, can make a big impact on the environment. In fact, one light bulb left on all day burns 160 lbs of coal every year. This lone light bulb generates carbon emissions equivalent to charging 9,256 mobile phones. Imagine what would happen if everyone started to switch off the lights to conserve energy?
- Energy conservation is cost-effective
One of the easiest and hassle-free methods for energy conservation during the lockdown is to install solar panels on your roof. Households purchasing a PV rooftop solar system can reduce their electricity expenses by up to 60%. It is a durable investment; rooftop solar panels can produce energy at a 100% capacity for 50 years and continue to do so at a lower capacity for many years after. That’s a lifetime of savings! Ultimately, optimizing the home’s energy-efficiency can help enhance one’s quality of life through sustainable living. For inquiries on how to power your lifestyle with the sun, click the get a quote button at the upper right hand corner of the website, or visit the online shop page to browse for a Solar Home package.