If we don’t think about it, we can waste energy in our homes and that will cost us both financially as well as increasing our carbon footprints regarding the environment. One way we can keep from wasting solar energy in our homes is to make sure that the panels are kept clean as well as making sure that the appliances that we operate are star energy appliances which basically means that they’ve been rated by the Department of Energy as being most efficient in the way that they run and how much electricity they use. Even if you don’t have solar energy installed in your home, star energy appliances are electricity savers. The way we can waste energy in our homes is unnecessary and can create increased carbon dioxide from utility companies that run on fossil fuel like oil and coal. Why waste energy in our homes when we don’t have to?
Basically, in the world today we have numerous appliances, phones, clocks, radios, computers, and alarm systems that are using electricity all of the time. They are also costing us money all of the time that they are on and not being used. Many of these items have chargers and we tend to keep them in their chargers even after they are fully charged. We are wasting energy in our homes in many different ways. Numerous utility company surveys indicate that the electricity used in our homes on the average contains at least ten per cent waste. We think of our appliances as resting when we are not using them, but computers and televisions are rarely turned off and can waste energy in our homes constantly.
There is always a light on and while we think of them as energy savers, they are actually using electricity constantly. While unplugging appliances is not the answer because we don’t want to lose data regarding our computers or lose the opportunity to run back-ups when we are not using them. Unplugging the television may actually create more energy use as we can waste energy in our homes when we have to start them back up and they have to run through all of the steps necessary to bring up all of the menus and every other feature that is used by families. Some devices have been created to diagnose the amount of wasted energy from our appliances. Utility companies are a good source of information regarding the saving of energy.