May 30, 2022
In the era of 21st-century home living, environmental consciousness has become a necessity as the threat of climate change looms over. Yet, adopting these new sustainable living standards has become more of a luxury for homeowners than an accessible and affordable option for many. How can individuals and families practice earth-friendly actions without compromising the cash in their pockets? For today’s blog entry, AllHome presents you with a few tips you can adopt on your tree-hugging journey without having to hurt your wallets.
The first simple step you can take would be replacing your light bulbs with a more energy-efficient alternative. Many would recommend LEDs
LED lights are arguably the best energy-saving bulbs due to their impressive longevity and brightness. An LED can last around 25,000 to 50,000 hours, making it a cost-effective choice for regular maintenance and replacement. In addition, they can light up a room while still using less voltage than incandescent lights. To better understand this, we use lumens to measure the brightness of a light and see how much power it takes to produce a certain amount of light. A 25 to 28W LED light can emit over 2600 lm of light; by comparison, an incandescent one needs 150W of electricity (six times more than the LED) for the same lighting quantity!
Plastic bottles are a common sight in trash bins. In fact, over 80% of plastic bottles end up in landfills, a not-so-pleasing statistic considering how long they take to decompose. So, instead of chucking another Coca-Cola bottle into the trash, why not take this opportunity to bring forth your creative and inventive juices?
One common way households have recycled plastic bottles would be to use them as environmentally friendly alternatives to pots for their plants. By cutting the bottle into halves (be it horizontally or vertically), you have created a container that carries the soil and your beloved plants. To top it off, you can even invite your little ones to decorate those bottles.
Whatever the scrumptious meal you are planning for your breakfast, lunch, or dinner, it is important to remind ourselves of the amount of heat needed to cook. Therefore, being energy-efficient in your cooking is just as important as finding the right ingredients for your recipe.
Here, cooking on an electrical stove and induction cookers are a more preferable and environmentally sound option than doing so on a gas stove. Why? The reason lies in thermodynamics, where heat energy transfers from one matter to another through contact. An ideal energy-efficient cooking stove is one that can transfer the most amount of heat energy from the source to the conductive pot or pan and, eventually, the food.
According to research from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), only 40% of the energy in traditional, gas-fueled stoves is transferred to food. For electric stoves, it is at about 75%. But, they pale in comparison to the induction cooker, which can transfer about 90% of its heat energy!
Nonetheless, there are still a few things to consider. Stainless steel cookwares are more ideal to use than aluminum. Bowl-shaped types such as woks are not suitable for the flat tops of induction stoves. In addition, They are more ideal in less spacious homes such as apartments and condominium units.
As the mercury of the thermometer soars, so does the temptation to reach out for your nearest air conditioner. But, that may not be a great idea if you still want to save energy and keep your electric bills low.
In our previous article on how you can keep yourself cool for the summer, we have discussed how you should look out for an item’s energy efficiency score. The higher the score, the more efficient an appliance consumes energy to cool.
However, there is one cheap alternative hack you can try out, and it involves your trusty electric fan and some recycled water bottles. First, fill the bottles with tap water mixed with salt and place it at the very back of your freezer to let the liquid freeze into ice. Afterwards, place them in front of your fan, so you can enjoy a cool and fresh breeze, even without an air conditioning unit. Of course, you should not forget to re-freeze those water-filled bottles once they have defrosted and melted.
These are just three of numerous ways you can save the planet in your own little way and on a budget. You can discover more hacks and tips with a little bit of research and, possibly, even your creative innovation.
While you are discovering more environmentally friendly acts to do, drop by at your nearest AllHome branch or visit www.allhome.com.ph to shop online for more products to use for your energy efficient needs!
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