Make your house energy efficient (P1)
Owing to rising living costs, you’re probably looking for ways to have something left to save at the end of the month. Cutting costs is always hard and if you’re the one paying the bills at home this challenge is exponentially harder.
Being able to reduce this monthly expense would be helpful. However where do you even start? There are many different types of loads in your house including; air conditioning, lighting, and water heating. In each of these new advancements in technologies are helping consumers save on their monthly bills. We will look at these technologies here.
Good air conditioning practices are important to save electricity as well (P2)
Inverter Air conditioners
Inverter technology allows the AC’s compressor unit to work at 20%-30% of its capacity to maintain a desired temperature. Traditional units have significant losses over time as this compressor can only be switched on and off. For maximised savings ensure that the sizing of the AC is done correctly by a professional. An undersized unit has a higher energy output and the expected savings will not be realized.
Look for a LED lamp with a good heatsink (P3)
LED light sources – LED lights have high energy savings and come in a variety of form factors designed to fit any holder. More advanced models allow you to control the colour and the brightness of the bulb. Since these bulbs are usually quite expensive make sure that the product you are buying will last long. You can do this by either buying a reputed product, or a quality one with a good heat sink made of metal or ceramic. Usually hardware shops or your kadey mudalali can help you find the right one.
Size your absorber panels and tank correctly, Image Courtesy Access Solar (P3)
Solar Thermal Water Heaters
Solar water heaters utilize an absorber panel, to heat water using the rays of the sun, and a thermally insulated tank to store the heated water. It is important to therefore size both the panel and the tank based on your needs. A standard showerhead uses about 15 to 25 litres of water per minute while a more efficient one uses between 7 - 14 litres per minute. It is best to first improve the water efficiency of your shower heads if needed before installing a solar water heater to save on your initial investment.