Simple things you can do to save Energy

If you are one of those people who think you’ve been doing all the right things in saving energy, think again. At least, that’s what I thought till I read this survey published by Shahzeen Attari. Literally, half of the things I have been doing to save energy were wrong.

Here are some of the highlights from the survey:

–         In some cases, leaving energy-efficient lights on may actually be more effective: according the Department of Energy, the lifespan of compact fluorescents, or CFLs, is decreased by being frequently switched off and on. If you are leaving the room for less than 15 minutes, it is actually more efficient to keep a CFL on for that time. If you will be gone for more than 15 minutes, however, it is more efficient to switch the light off.

–         Weatherize your home with caulk or weather-stripping (80% of older homes are under-insulated)

–         Install a more efficient heating and/or air conditioning unit

–         Install or upgrade attic insulation and ventilation

–         Adjust your washing machine settings to warm, or even cold, water

–         Buy Energy Star appliances

–         Drive a hybrid car (if you can afford buying one)

–        Although I don’t expect most people to know how much watt/hr their appliances uses. From the graph below, it appears a lot of people like 100watt/hrs as an answer because they really can’t quantify their appliances’ energy usage.  Try to have a better understanding of how much energy per hour a given appliance uses.

In other words, it’s better to buy new, efficient equipment than to sparingly use older, energy-hungry products.

This graph shows survey participants’ mean perceived energy usage or savings in watts per hour versus actual energy usage or savings. The dotted line represents perfect accuracy:

Here is another report, compiled by Gerald T. Gardner and Paul C. Stern which is the short list of the most effective things you can do to save energy. Using warm or cold water to wash clothes and installing or upgrading attic insulation are two of their suggestions. See the full list in the table below:

One last note to both consumers and corporations:

The world is shifting to new renewable energy and green transportation and technology. If we stay with fossil fuel burning technology and don’t innovate as a nation we will be left behind. It’s like the corporation that doesn’t want to innovate because it will cannibalize current product sales. That strategy is not sustainable.

Getting customers educated about energy efficiency is key in making big changes to the energy usage in our nation.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

One Response to Simple things you can do to save Energy

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