Essentially, conserving energy means cutting down on energy use, while energy efficiency involves maintaining a certain level of service more efficiently. Exchanging incandescent light bulbs for fluorescent ones to light the home is an example of energy efficiency, while turning out the lights when one leaves the room is an example of conserving energy. Conservation involves cutting back, while energy efficiency is about the techniques employed to get the results.
Conserving energy may suggest that one has to undergo a certain level of discomfort, such as turning down the thermostat in the winter and wearing a sweater to stay warm. But by combining conservation and energy-efficient practices, such as installing a programmable thermostat to lower winter temperatures at night, we can not only cut back on our use of resources, but we can live in more energy-efficient homes.
How can the average homeowner practice energy conservation on a personal level? Some easy steps include:
- Make fewer trips in the car each week.
- Unplug appliances you’re not using.
- Turn the thermostat down a few degrees this winter.
Practicing energy efficiency can also pay off in terms of lower bills. Some common methods of being more energy efficient, include:
- Using fluorescent lighting instead of incandescent. Fluorescent bulbs use less electricity and provide excellent light.
- Replacing old appliances that consume more energy with newer, more efficient ones. Energy Star-rated appliances provide information on potential savings on the labels. These appliances work better than older, less efficient models and cost less to operate.
- Adding insulation to your walls and attic and cutting down on energy needed to heat or cool your home. Insulation helps keep conditioned air in and unconditioned air out.
- Installing energy-efficient windows and cutting down on peak cooling and heating loads.
For more information about energy efficiency and conserving more energy, contact Davis Air Conditioning today.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Lawton and Duncan, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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