Malaysian Association Of Green Builders (MAGB) Periodical (May issue)
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When it comes to home energy efficiency, the first thing you need to know is that the smallest things matter. From the light bulbs to your large heating and ventilating systems, the simplest effort on saving energy matters a lot.
So here are some easy and largely doable tips in making your homes energy efficient:
Hire an energy auditor.
The foremost thing that causes energy inefficiency in homes is leaks and cracks as well as damages in your HVAC. No one can do a check for leaks and energy wastage better than an energy auditor. There are, apparently, energy auditors in Malaysia who can help you out– if fact, they help me set up my dream place in becoming the next big thing in green living. 😀 They can help you assess which areas of your home electric systems need to be addressed.
Make the switch from incandescent to fluorescent.
Incandescent bulbs are sooo yesterday. Fluorescent bulbs are cheaper, more energy efficient, and the white light from these bulbs are much brighter and easier on the eyes. Most eco-friendly properties and buildings use fluorescent to save up on bills and utilities. Read more about this on our previous article about going green.
Replace old appliances.
Old electronic devices, because of the less advanced technology, carry a less efficient mechanism. Today’s appliance makers are aware of the growing trend of consumers of becoming more environmentally conscious so they start to make appliances that adhere to the Energy Star standards on energy efficiency. Refrigerators, televisions, air conditioners and heaters are the most costly of appliances, energy-wise. You may want to ditch these for Energy Star-rated appliances. You’ll see the cost of your investment come back to you in the form of your much smaller electric bill.
Work for better insulation.
Leaks on your air ducts are the most common and most notorious causes of huge electric bills. These leaks cause the warm (or cool) air from your heater and air conditioners to escape. When the air escapes, your machines are forced to increase its work and thereby increase its energy consumption, and thus your bill. And all because of your leaks in the air ducts. Repair these leaks and then provide additional insulation so you can maximize the use of your appliances and reduce the tab on your bill. You can also provide additional insulation on your walls and attics! You’re limited only by your own imagination!
Invest in solar panels.
Solar panels are expensive. But if you can afford it, you had better make that investment. A good real estate agent can refer you to contractors who can install solar panels to make things easier for you. Not only are you independent from extremely high electric bills; you can suffice for your energy consumption needs even when the rest of your area are having blackouts.
Some of the places which might have already been certified: