How to Minimize Your at-Home Electricity Usage’s Impact on the Environment

Electricity is a life force powering our homes, lives and communities. Harnessed for general use less than 150 years ago, electric power is still a source of wonder. The environmental impact electricity has made within our communities only recently started generating concern. Generating electricity requires processing that releases gases that both absorb and emit radiation into our atmosphere.

Home Electricity - How to Minimize Your at-Home Electricity Usage’s Impact on the Environment

Just as Madame Curie’s discovery of radium as a lifesaving tool in medicine ended up killing her, producing electricity can save many but destroy our communities. Here are a few ways each person can stop consuming huge bites of electricity at home.

Use a Power Strip to Shut Down Electronics at Night

Many families keep their computers and other electronic devices on at night, or during extended periods when no one uses these items. Light emitted by electronic objects is known to interfere with REM sleep and is generally disruptive to sleep in general. Significant energy consumed during electronic equipment downtime is referenced as “vampire power”.

Using a power strip shuts off the source fueling your computer, screen saver, iPad and other devices designed for standby use. Computers with no power source are also more difficult to hack.

Use Alternate Fuel Sources

Solar power use in the home environment continues to rise as homebuilders incorporate solar battery cells, panels and other devices to supplement a home energy source. Solar energy power sources are increasingly common when building homes with custom features such as swimming pools. However, older homes are converting to solar power as well, often when it becomes necessary to replace the roof.

Solar Panel on Roof - How to Minimize Your at-Home Electricity Usage’s Impact on the Environment

Minimizing your home use of electricity is a straightforward process with solar panels. Once installed, solar panels connect to an inverter typically located in the garage. The inverter takes direct current (DC) from the solar panels and converts it to alternating current (AC) used to power your home.

Change Your Light Bulbs

According to the Department of Energy, making the switch to LED light bulbs may be one of the biggest ways the average home can conserve electricity. LED bulbs use 75 percent less electricity that regular light bulbs, and can last up to 25 times as long. Changing to LED lights not only decreases the amount of radiation released into the air, it also decreases your electric bill.

Adjust Your Comfort Zone

Save a surprising amount of electricity by turning your air conditioning up by two degrees in the summer and switching the temperature down by two degrees when using the heat during the winter.

Alternative ways to stay warm include the old standby, putting on a sweater. If you do not like sweaters, consider exercising daily indoors during the winter. Stay cool in the summer heat using plants and trees placed strategically to cool your home while allowing light in your home. Effective use of natural outdoor light is a good strategy to save energy and money.

Whether you have a solar panel installation done or start utilizing another method of reducing your impact on the environment, know that you are making a difference. Your community, your family and your health will thank you.

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