Saving Energy This Winter: How To and Where it Goes


Saved energy usually goes into powering modern electronics, like shown here. -photo by Nathaly T.

Saved energy usually goes into powering modern electronics, like shown here. -- Nathaly T.

In today’s society, manufacturers, businesses and the public have been demanding for more “green” products.

Dishwashers, refrigerators, washing machines, etc. have been reducing their normal energy usage by at least 50%. But, there’s a twist.

On a per-capita basis, the amount of energy saved has been used for other household energy resources. The energy we save we turn around and use it. For example, heating a house for this upcoming winter season requires energy. Many Americans nowadays have been upgrading and buying bigger homes. Heating and cooling a new, big house comes at a price.

The saved energy also goes into more technology gadgets such as flat-screen television, computers, and digital video recorders. What’s the point in buying these expensive high-tech dishwashers, ovens, and so on if the amount of energy saved is still consumed?

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 5 to 10 percent of a home’s energy use comes from “vampire losses” a�� devices such as cell phone chargers, lights left on when no one is in the room and computer power supplies that remain plugged in and draw power even when set to “off.” Yes, it’s easier for Americans to leave things on or keep things plugged in; the lazy way. Think of it more as a way of giving back to the environment. Plus, by saving energy, electrical and water bills will decrease.

Turning lights off in rooms that are not occupied can save not only money, but energy. Try replacing ten 60-watt incandescent bulbs with 13-watt compact fluorescent light bulbs and you will save an average of $420 per year according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Another way to go green with electricity is by going inside a local Lowe’s or Home Depot and buying the swirled energy-saver light bulbs. Sure, they may cost a couple of extra bucks, but, will save more money when the electricity bill arrives.

Reuse. Reduce. Recycle. These three words can do so much for the environment. Recycling is a simple way that consumers can help out the environment, create a profitable market for recycled goods and help preserve natural resources from being depleted.

Small changes every day can make a difference. Every little bit counts in the long end.