Basic rules for energy conservation (and reducing greenhouse gases)
How do we reduce greenhouse gases?
A short newsletter giving practical advice on minimising your energy use and greenhouse gas production in the home, focusing on low cost easily implemented ideas.
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It is worth thinking about how much electricity an appliance uses, before spending too much time on minimising its use. The two characteristics that determine how much an appliance uses are how much power does it draw and for how long. If something draws a lot, or for a long time, then it is worth minimising waste. As a rough guide, things that heat something, like an electric jug, and products with a powerful electric motor, like a swimming pool pump, use a lot of energy.
If an appliance is on for a long time it is worth minimising its use.
The same basic rules apply for most appliances.
To make an impact on greenhouse gases, isn't a matter of a small number of people reducing their emissions to near zero, it is about most people reducing their emissions by a sizeable amount (perhaps halving it). The majority of people I meet are prepared to put some effort into reducing greenhouse gases, but aren't prepared to wear a hair shirt to do it. With a little effort you can, over time, halve your home energy use cost effectively. However I felt that there were lots of people suggesting what you should do, but not giving much detail on the how bit.
With my knowledge, I decided I could help by writing "House Taming, How to reduce Greenhouse Gases in comfort" a book which gives you the how as well as the what.
The book shows you how to reduce:
Your energy use depends on the particulars of your house and lifestyle. So general advice on what to do doesn't necessarily reduce your Greenhouse Emissions cost effectively. This book helps you to decide what to do and how to do it. Think of 'House Taming' as the operating manual for your house. The book has troubleshooting information and other features you would expect to find in an operating manual. It covers all the main energy users and greenhouse gas generators in the home, including
heating, cooling, hot water, lights, clothes drying, standby losses etc.
The books innovative approach makes it easy to really save money while reducing Greenhouse Gases and living a comfortable lifestyle. The book is jam packed with information you won't find anywhere else.
Purchasers of the book also get free access to on-line resources exclusive to the book and free access to the 'Room SureCool' calculator valued at $19.95. The on-line resources include checklists which support the text to make sure you get it right, and other free downloads.
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Hot water is probably your second to largest energy user (after heating and cooling). If you have electric hot water, it is likely to be your largest greenhouse gas producer. Reducing your hot water use saves both energy and water. However the cost of heating the water far exceeds the cost of the water. So saving hot water saves much more money than saving cold water.
The amount of water you use depends on how fast it comes out and for how long. So always ask yourself "do I need this much flow?" and "how can I reduce the length of time I use the water?"
You can reduce hot water costs and greenhouse gas emissions by:
If buying an instantaneous gas hot water service you will probably need to have a larger gas pipe run to the house to get reliable operation. Unless your plumber is certain you don’t need a larger pipe, have it installed anyway. Both my brother-in-law and I found that although the plumber thought it would probably be OK, it wasn’t and we needed to have the pipe changed. Even though this may add significantly to the cost, when it is done it is done and this means that you can use instantaneous gas hot water heaters for the life of the house, which will save a lot of greenhouse gas over the years.
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