Engaging in entertainment and recreation is a great way to get rid of stress after a hard day at work or school. When you get home in the afternoon or evening, you turn on the TV or listen to music on your sound system. Sometimes, you invite friends or relatives over and have a little get together. In all of these activities, you use a lot of energy. Have you thought of reducing your usage?
DIY Energy-Saving Projects to Do
There are ways that you can still have fun and help conserve energy. One such method is participating in Earth Hour, wherein you turn off the lights for two hours. That allows Earth to breathe easy for a few hours after all that consumption of energy that takes place around the world. Aside from participating in Earth Hour, here are other energy-saving projects you can do in your home.
- Install solar panels. Installing solar panels not only allows you to conserve energy but also helps you save on those energy bills. By using them, you harness the energy of the sun, which can be used to power solar cells that provide electricity to your home during the day and at night.
- Insulate your windows with bubble wrap. Bubble wrap is used to protect items such as appliances while in transit. A fun thing to do with them is to pop the plastic bubbles after their proper use. Aside from that, you can place bubble wrap on your windows to keep out some heat, especially during the summer months.
- Use LED bulbs. Those incandescent and fluorescent lamps are pretty expensive and can use a lot of energy. So if you want to save on lighting for your home, switch to LED bulbs, which not only use less amount of power but can also last for a very long time.
How DIY Energy-Saving Projects Help Save Energy
These energy-projects not only allow you to save on your electric bills but also do other things.
- Lessen dependence on fossil fuel — Cutting down the use of electricity from electric power plants helps conserve fossil fuels such as petroleum and coal, which can be used for more important things later on. Instead, you make use of resources that do not run out, especially the wind and solar energy, and continuously have fun without having to worry about sources of energy running out.
- Avoid the use of equipment that emit chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) — With DIY energy-saving projects, you can lessen the use of the air conditioner. In doing so, you reduce the number of CFCs emitted into the air and keep the atmosphere cool all the time.
Innovative Energy Savers
Aside from DIY energy-saving projects that were mentioned earlier, bright minds have come up with devices, such as electric cars, scooters, and bikes, and colour morph LED strips.
Using Your Imagination to Save Energy
It does not take much to conserve energy in your home and the surroundings. With a little use of the imagination, you can come up with other energy-saving ways that are not expensive but just as helpful.