Published On: Wed, Mar 6th, 2019

Preserving the Planet’s Resources: 5 Ways to Reduce the Energy Consumption in Your Household

While India’s current per capita electricity consumption is low when compared to many other places, the country’s energy consumption is set to grow at a faster rate than any other major economy. The country currently suffers from power blackouts that can last hours in some areas, interfering with daily life and causing ongoing issues. This becomes worse in summer as people begin using air conditioners.

Worries about rising energy costs coupled with concerns about climate change mean that the average Indian is starting to look for ways to reduce their home’s energy consumption to save money and—ultimately—to help save the planet.

If you’re looking for ways to reduce your energy consumption in your home, follow these five tips:

Consider your lighting
When you want to reduce your energy consumption, the first thing you should do is look at your lighting. Changing your lightbulbs to CFLs or LEDs from incandescent is a great way to reduce your energy consumption. These bulbs have higher efficiency, give more light and are more economical to run. Other basic energy reduction techniques include turning off lights whenever possible and unplugging electrical appliances when they’re not in use to save energy.

Don’t buy when you can rent

Buying new furniture or appliances can actually put more of a strain on your country’s overall energy consumption. The demand for new furniture and appliances means that resources have to be used to create the new items from scratch. If you want to conserve energy, consider visiting a place where you can rent furniture or appliances for the time of the year when you need it most. This will conserve energy and save you money in the long run.

Look into energy efficient home appliances
Our home appliances can suck up a lot of electricity, which is why you should only purchase home appliances that are Energy Star rated, which come with a star rating from BEE. Also, avoid using things like dishwashers or washing machines when they’re half-full to prevent wasting electricity and water. Many people run these devices when they have half a load, and the wasted resources add up quickly. If you don’t need an appliance full-time, you can get home appliances on rent. This is perfect for when you need something like a microwave or refrigerator for a brief amount of time.

Replace your old televisions
Older televisions can use a lot of energy​, which is why replacing your older TV with a new television that will help reduce your energy consumption in your home is a perfect way to reduce your energy consumption. When it comes to more modern televisions, LEDs are often your best bet for energy-efficient televisions. However, avoid plasma TVs since these are actually the worst offenders for using tons of electricity.

Wash cold and hang to dry
Using hot water to wash clothing and then drying them in the dryer can use up a lot of electricity—and it’s also much harder on fabric! To make your clothes last longer, keep the colors brighter, and save money, wash your clothes in a cold wash using a detergent made for cold water washes, and then hang them to dry in the bright sunlight!