One of the main causes of global warming and the denigration of the environment is inefficient energy consumption, thus using energy efficiently has become a prominent concern in recent times.
EPC is constantly looking for ways to continue its provision of safe and reliable electricity whilst reducing the impact of electricity generation on the environment. As a consumer of electricity you can also help in this quest. Here you will find some information and advice on how to reduce your energy consumption and in turn, reduce your power bill and harm to the environment.
Energy efficiency is the notion that we can use less energy to achieve the same level of energy service. For instance, incandescent light bulbs can be replaced with fluorescent light bulbs which use less energy to illuminate the same area. Similarly, switching off appliances and sockets when they are not in use helps to conserve energy as does insulating the home to maintain a temperature once it is cooled rather than continuous use of cooling appliances.
Improving energy efficiency at an individual level will help you to reduce power bills and also minimise your contribution to global warming. The small changes you make around the home may not seem significant but when expanded to a national level, they make a great difference.
Hints and tips for your home
Saving money on your electricity bill can be done easily by implementing small changes around the home. By using your energy more efficiently you can help limit the number of harmful greenhouse gases released into the environment whilst extending your electricity supply.
Ensure your fridge is running efficiently….
- Avoid opening the refrigerator door unnecessarily by removing and replacing multiple items at once.
- Choose the correct sized fridge for your household. A fridge runs most efficiently when it is full.
- Locate your refrigerator in a cool, ventilated area away from the sun.
- Defrost the freezer component regularly.
- Ensure the seal on the refrigerator door is functioning correctly;Close the fridge door over a piece of paper and attempt to pull it out. If the paper can be removed easily the seal or hinges on the fridge require adjustment
- Minimise your use of the oven by using frying pans, microwaves, barbecues or pressure cookers that are more energy efficient than ovens.
- Thaw frozen foods prior to cooking.
- When using the oven, do not open the door throughout the cooking period.
- Use a jug or kettle to boil water rather than the stove.
- Due to constant warm weather in Samoa it can be tempting to use multiple cooling appliances at the same time. Using these appliance more efficiently will help reduce your energy bill and contribute less harmful pollution to the environment.
- If you have an air-conditioner ensure that it is set to re-circulate cool air instead of cooling warm air from outside.
- Switch off lights when they are not in use.
- Clean the filter of your fan or air-conditioner frequently.
- Close curtains over large glass areas.
- Construct external shading to reduce the amount of heat exposure to the house.
- Install ceiling fans in place of stand fans to use less energy.
- Install wall and ceiling insulation during the construction of a building to minimize heat fluctuations.
- Draughts and unwanted air leakage can contribute to uncomfortable heat fluctuations. Repairing cracks in doors, windows, floors and walls will help keep cool air in and hot air out.
Switching off is a bright idea….
- Turn off lights when they are not required.
- Replace old incandescent globes with fluorescent globes in light fittings. Fluorescent lights use up to 80% less energy to provide the same level of light as an incandescent globe.
- Keep lights and fittings free of dust. Dust reduces light and creates the need for greater energy use.