Why and How to Save Energy?



    – What is energy saving?

    – Why save energy?

    – How to save energy?

    – Saving energy in the kitchen


Let’s protect our planet by saving energy! Protecting our environment requires saving energy, which is neither abundant nor free. Let’s use it wisely! 

What is energy saving?

Energy saving aims at reducing our energy consumption. It has become crucial and unavoidable to know that our material resources, such as fossil fuels, are running out.

There are different types of energy:

    – traditional energies: natural gas, LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas), fuel oil, coal;

    – renewable energies, which are:

        ◦ solar: solar energy is transformed into electricity and allows to produce its electricity ;

        ◦ the wind: it is the force of the wind that aims to operate wind generators to produce electricity ;

        ◦ the geothermal energy which corresponds to the terrestrial heat so that it will produce heat ;

        ◦ biomass which is related to organic waste, wood, and forest residues ;

        ◦ wood is used for heating, cooking, or producing electricity ;

        ◦ hydraulics: the driving force of water is transformed into electricity.

Why save energy?

Currently, we are facing global warming, which is mainly due to greenhouse gas emissions.

Nowadays, the population consumes a lot of energy, and energy cost is increasing considerably and continuously.

It is therefore essential to act to protect our environment to avoid numerous climatic upheavals, namely to work on the:

    – domestic energy ;

    – automotive fuels by using:

        ◦ other environmentally friendly transportation devices (biking, walking, public transit);

        ◦ carpooling;

        ◦ eco-driving;

        ◦ electric vehicles or even hybrid cars.

How do you save energy?

There are different ways to save energy, namely:

    – change your behavior by limiting your energy consumption ;

    – take advantage of renewable energies, which allow saving energy while taking into account the ecology and the environment;

    – improve energy efficiency to save money;

    – prioritize savings in one’s home by:

        ◦ opting for an energy-saving home;

        ◦ carrying out energy-saving work;

        ◦ equipping his house differently, such as saving electrical energy ;

        ◦ saving water (recovering rainwater or opting for water reducers) ;

    – consuming differently, i.e., by choosing:

        ◦ buying ecologically (short circuit, knowing how to decipher the logos on the packaging) ;

        ◦ recycling;

        ◦ to make compost;

        ◦ etc.

Saving energy in the kitchen

So how do you save energy in your kitchen? It is not easy to arrange a kitchen and know how to lower its energy consumption since it includes many utensils and appliances powered by electricity.

Here are some tips.

1. Saving energy by designing your kitchen

The first thing to do is to pay attention to the consumption of the appliances you buy. These appliances account for 40% of a household’s overall energy consumption. Here are some tips for a more economical installation:

    – Choose energy-efficient appliances: even if they are more expensive, you will save energy and money.

    – Do not install cooling appliances near a heat source (oven, hotplates, radiator, etc.), as this will lead to over-consumption.

    – Choose a dishwasher rather than washing dishes by hand, which will cost you 5 times more water and energy.

    – For cooking plates, choose ceramic or induction plates, which consume less energy than traditional electric plates.

    – Mini ovens with heating elements consume less energy than traditional ovens because they are smaller and preheat for less time.

    – The various gadgets that replace mechanical utensils (electric corkscrew and pepper mill, mini-vacuum cleaner, etc.) also contribute to over-consumption and are sometimes less efficient.

    – The little extra: you can install energy-saving light bulbs (low consumption) and automatic infrared faucets (from $40).

2. Reduce your energy consumption daily

After the installation of your kitchen, it is still possible to make savings through simple daily gestures:

    – Remember to defrost your refrigerator and freezer regularly because, from 3 mm of frost, there can be over-consumption of 3%. If they produce frost too frequently, they are starting to wear out, so you should consider changing them.

    – The grill behind the refrigerator can become clogged with dust, grease, etc. It will help if you clean it once a year to avoid poor heat evacuation, leading to over-consumption.

    – For washing dishes, fill your dishwasher to the maximum so that it does not run half empty; otherwise, it will lose its economic advantage.

    – To cook food, use utensils adapted to the diameter of your plates, and remember to put a lid on your boiling pan.

    – Reheating food in the microwave is also more economical, but don’t overuse it.

    – Do not open the oven door while it is on.

So, that’s it. Hope this post will help you be more conscious about saving energy. Remember to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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