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Your Biggest Energy Wasting Habits At Home

Without paying much attention, we use a lot of energy each day — from charging mobile devices, electronics to watching TV. In fact, in 2016, the average Nigerian residential household consumed and spent around 15% of their annual earning on electricity and fuel bills. Luckily, households can lower this amount up to 25 percent by being more proactive with energy conservation tips.
The following are 7 of the biggest energy-wasting oversights people make at home and how to adjust to more eco-friendly practices.
1. Leaving the Lights On
One of the most obvious energy-wasting habits is leaving the lights on, and it’s also one of the easiest habits to fix. By simply turning off the lights when you leave a room or your home, you will save electricity and help your lightbulbs last longer. If you think you might forget, use a smart home system to remotely monitor your lighting from your smartphone.
2. Using Incandescent Bulbs
Incandescent lights consume an exorbitant amount of energy. A quick way to reduce energy use is to switch to energy-efficient bulbs such as halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) — use 25–80 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and last up to 25 times longer.
3. Leaving Electronics Plugged In
Appliances and electronics use energy even when they’re turned off. One tip to help save on bills is to unplug all electronics — including TVs, computers, and phone chargers — when they aren’t in use. Connecting multiple electronics to a extension cable or power strip makes it easier to switch off unused devices all at once.
4. Powering an Empty Chest Freezer
Having an extra freezer in the house is great for storing food, but does more harm than good when it is empty. A running chest freezer consumes around 103 kWh. When your chest freezer is empty, unplug it to save energy and money.
5. Browsing Your Refrigerator
Those few seconds staring into the refrigerator add up. Every year, people spend around 10 hours looking at an open fridge or freezer, accounting for 7 percent of the appliance’s total energy use. Another helpful tip is to open the fridge and freezer only when necessary and save your browsing for the pantry.
6. Running the Dishwasher Half-Full
The average dishwasher requires around 1,800 watts of electricity to run — running it daily would cost N156,000 per year. You can cut down on energy use by running the dishwasher only when full. You can also save around 15 percent of the dishwasher’s total energy use by switching its setting from heat dry to air dry.
7. Forgetting to Change Air Filters
Any home with an AC unit has air filters that need to be regularly cleaned for the AC to function effectively. As your AC runs, the air filter traps air particles. Once the air filter clogs, the AC expends more energy pulling in air. To reduce an AC system’s energy use, replace its air filters every three months. For the more forgetful among us, a simple phone notification can keep you up to date and breathing cleaner air.

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