It is no secret that the energy market is becoming less and less customer-friendly. Indeed, as the pole and wire networks have been modernized, consumers have borne the cost. The price of energy, especially electricity, has risen dramatically over time, to the point where it is the main cost of living concern for many people, with no real relief in life. Until the energy market regulates itself, and in the interest of preserving the planet, reducing your household energy consumption is a very sensible strategy. Here are a few solutions to help you do so.
The average household emits more than 10 tonnes of greenhouse gases per year, half of which comes from the production of electricity. This contributes to climate change and global warming. A simple and relatively inexpensive way over the long term to start making a difference is to switch to green energy. This is an energy retrofit that requires the use of electricity generated from renewable sources such as wind, waste, sun and water. It is a solution that can be implemented by all households. Although it requires a fairly large investment, it is nevertheless a very cost-effective solution in the long term.
Reducing water consumption
With so much attention paid to electricity, many people tend to forget about the use of water, which a resource that most people take for is granted in the first place. The first step in mitigating water misuse is to identify the source of leaks and fix them. From there, simple solutions can help conserve water. Faucets can be equipped with appropriate devices to limit the flow. The same applies to flushing. Showering is better than bathing, machine washing is better than hand washing, and much more. All of these solutions, no matter how small, will allow you to reduce your energy consumption.
Updating systems and equipment
Upgrading all of the older systems and devices currently in place is by far the most important step. It all starts with your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. Not only are older systems inefficient financially, they may not be very effective in managing air quality. You should also replace all old appliances, such as washing machines, refrigerators, dishwashers, etc., as they become obsolete. These upgrades alone could save you money every month. In addition, some of the work involved in this energy retrofit entitles you to some assistance.