Although the efficiency of equipment and appliances used in businesses and homes has increased significantly over the past few decades, there’s still a lot that needs to be done to reduce the increasing energy consumption in commercial and residential buildings.Studiesshow that commercial and residential sectors accounted for almost 40% of the total U.S. energy consumption in 2018 alone.
Tips for energy conservation in residential electrical systems
The residential sector encompasses the energy consumption of all household activity in the United States.Here are some ways you can maintain an energy efficient home:
1. Remove copper wires
Copper prices soared in the 1960s,which is why manufactures started to make residential electrical wires of aluminum. Therefore, nearly 2 million homes between 1962 and 1972 were wired with aluminum and weren’t upgraded after that. So, if your home was built during this time, consult a licensed and experienced electrical contractor to check for aluminum wiring because corrosion can possibly lead to fire hazards.
2. Ground all outlets
Grounding an outlet ensures that the electric current flows through the ground in case of a short circuit and blows a fuse or trips a breaker. Make sure all your outlets are grounded—they should each have 3 holes for each plug; the round slot is the connection to the ground.
Tips for energy conservation in commercial electrical systems
Studiesshow that space heating accounted for approximately 25% of total energy consumption in commercial buildings in 2012 alone! Moreover, air conditioning (HVAC) and ventilation consumed the most amount of energy, followed by lighting.
1. Upgrade to daylight controllers and energy efficient bulbs
Recent studies have shown that energy consumption can be reduced by 25% to 80% by using energy-efficient bulbs; plus, these last a lot longer compared to traditional bulbs.
Moreover, you can combine them with daylight controllers in order to ensure constant light levels within the building and take a step towards eliminating waste.
2. Increase roof insulation
Did you know that an office building can lose about 20% of its heat through the roof? Adding insulation to increase the R-value of the roof can slash this loss.
Keep in mind that the insulation becomes less effective over time as it tends to become more compact. Therefore, building managers shouldn’t rely on previous R-values when deciding to add more insulation.
Furthermore, you can also decrease heating costs in a building by adding fans that circulate warm air when it reaches the top level of the building.
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