Reducing the amount of energy we use sure is a difficult objective to achieve, if we do not know where to begin. I even had trouble coming up with a topic to write about on how to reduce the energy we use. This is why I am writing this blog, to provide some ideas of how to reduce energy.
One step we can take to reduce our energy consumption is the technology of motion sensor lighting. At my work place these lights could be very useful. Our outside lights are continuously using electricity, from sun light to sun down. At night time they are on for the purpose of security. If we were to use motion sensor lighting, this would allow us to reduce the energy that we use while these lights serve the same purpose as all time running lights. They would actually do a better job for security purposes for when we are closed, because we know the lights should be off and if they detect motion we will know if someone is around the building. Motion sensor lighting can also be implemented inside the building as well.
All of our lights are continuously running inside also, from eight in the morning until ten or eleven at night. These lights are not small they are the large fluorescent bulbs, some much larger than others. If we were to substitute motion sensor lights inside the large walk in cooler, this could save energy, because we are not always inside this cooler, only when we need to stock the shelves. Motion sensor lights used inside can be very beneficial, again for security reasons. These lights not only save energy and are good for security but they can also save you money. Everyone can benefit from saving money and by reducing the energy we use. Saving energy also means helping the planet, because this reduces the amount of fossil fuels that we burn to produce that electricity.
Not only can you install motion sensor lights but you could couple these light fixtures with energy saving light bulbs, such as CFLs or LEDs, rather than using incandescent light bulbs. Even though incandescent bulbs are much cheaper than CFLs or LEDs, they waste 90% of the energy that goes into them by dissipating the energy into heat rather than visible light. The incandescent light bulb can use forty to one hundred watts of energy per hour while CFL bulbs only use about nine to twenty six watts per hour. CFL bulbs also last for roughly seven years, while incandescent bulbs last about ten times less than this. LED bulbs are substantially more costly than both the incandescent bulbs and the CFL bulbs, but they also use less energy than both and some last around twenty years. Decreased use of energy does not mean that these bulbs are less efficient at lighting, this only means they dissipate less heat, and turns the energy that is put into them, into more light.
These methods of saving energy are not just great ideas for the workplace but they can also be implemented in the home. If you were wondering how you can reduce your electricity bill and impact on the environment, then this is it.
My next idea for saving energy and money interested me; use motion sensing/learning thermostats. Motion detecting thermostats can be used to control the temperatures while there is no one occupying the room that is being heated or cooled. When no one is occupying the space, the thermostat reduces the amount of heating or cooling that is going into the room. Some can even learn your habits, like when you wake up in the morning. This model is shown in the video I have provided.
Large quantities of energy are being wasted every second of the day, all day. When there is no one around to use this energy, it should not be used. Motion sensing devices such as lighting and thermostats can save substantial amounts of energy, when there is no need for energy to be used. These devices coupled with other energy saving tips, like CFL and LED light bulbs, we can all reduce what we use, while saving money in the process.