When your monthly bills come rolling in, you might find that the costs keep rising and it may get harder for you to cover everything.
In order to maintain a comfortable home in which you can meet your budget needs each month, it is a good idea to look into ways to save money on your gas and electricity bills.
There are many things you can do to reduce your energy bills and, while you pay less, you will also be saving the environment and creating a greener home for your family.
The increase in utility bills over the years has been substantial. With just a few simple techniques, you can see a big change in your own bills.
Energy Saving Ideas
The first thing you should do is apply a few simple energy saving ideas to your home. One thing you can do is unplug your appliances when they are not in use.
You should always unplug everything when you leave your home for a weekend or longer, but if you get into the habit of unplugging things at other times, you will see even more savings.
You can also lower the temperature on your water heater to save money on your bills. You will likely not notice a difference in your showers, but you will see a change in your bills.
Rather than dry your clothes in the dryer, hang them out on a line or place them on racks in your laundry room.
Along those same lines, you can still use your dishwasher, but allow your dishes to air dry instead of using the heated dry cycle on the machine.
Take an inventory of the lighting in your home and consider changing light bulbs to new, fluorescent versions. These bulbs can save energy for a home and reduce bills at the same time.
Think about the way you use energy in your home and try to enforce common sense into those living within the home.
Make sure no lights are left on when they are not needed and turn the TV off whenever someone is not watching it.
Creating new common sense habits will help you save quite a bit of money on your gas and electricity bills.
You can also try using ceiling fans on mildly warm days instead of turning on your central air.
With a few minor shifts, the savings can really start to add up to a significant amount.
Heating and Cooling
A large portion of your household utility bills will go towards making the climate in your home comfortable. You can save a large amount of money by installing a programmable thermostat onto your system.
These thermostats can help guide the temperature in the home and reduce the waste on heating and cooling the home when people are not in the home or when they are asleep.
If you already have a programmable thermostat, the best thing you can do is read the instructions and make sure you are using it correctly. You may need to reprogram it in order to see savings on your bills.
Home Energy Audit
If you feel that your home is losing a lot of energy when you heat or cool it, you might want to invest in a home energy audit. A professional can come to your house and inspect every aspect of your energy usage in order to make suggestions on how you can improve your energy bills.
The professional might recommend things like extra insulation in your attic, replacing your windows, caulking around your doors and other such actions.
These things can help the air stay in the house rather than allowing it to leak out. They can also prevent air from coming in and causing your heating and cooling units to work harder.
It might be hard to change everything at once, but if you want to save on your gas and electricity bills, you will need to make some changes.
Make a list of the things you would like to do and then work on those items in a gradual manner.
You do not have to do everything at once, but as you check more items off your list, you will start to see more savings on your gas and electricity bills.
Such is the case of the Barefoot College project (“Barefoot College”) in Tilonia, India, where not only is promoting renewable energy production but also is changing completely illiterate women’s lives and their communities . The initiative is based on empowering hundreds of women, most of them grandmothers to make them specialists in solar energy. After learning about installing solar panels and batteries, they return to their communities and work to provide the only source of electricity in the area.
While the United Nations estimates that about 1.5 million people on the globe still live without electricity, projects such as the Barefoot College can not only offer this resource to thousands of people but also contribute to the development of the region changing lifestyle for all inhabitants of the area, especially for those women able to carry out the project.
Founded in 1972 by social activist Sanjit ‘Bunker’ Roy, the Barefoot College believes that solutions to the problems of the poor in rural areas are in the community, their traditional heritage and new technologies. With this in mind, from the 1990′s began to train young men and women are illiterate or semi-literate as engineers of solar energy. Since then, those most involved with the project were grandmothers, showing enthusiasm and ease in learning.
The first step is from the institution, bringing together citizens to inform them about the benefits of solar energy. Then he chooses women who take courses in Catalonia, who for six months will be prepared by other people who performed the training. Beyond the incentive is produced from the Barefoot College to the success of the project is fundamental commitment to the community, who must work collectively to monitor, manage and decide on installing solar panels.
As explained by the very founder of the institution, school trained 150 grandmothers from 28 countries, enabling around 10 000 households receive electricity from solar energy. It is, in short, a role model for their ability to teach about the natural and human potential to transform a community and grow hand in hand with sustainability.
One of the great difficulties of solar or wind energy is that it works only when there is sun or the wind blows. Thus, to ensure production at all times is essential to create ways of storage. This is what we intend to do with the artificial island, which work by pumping water to balance the energy system.
The idea is being developed by a group of architects and engineers Danish architectural firm of Ottilie Paludal and the National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy Rios Technical University of Denmark, who want to build artificial islands for storing energy. However, the initiative aims that this system also works in other parts of the world such as China, India, Bahrain and California.
The procedure is similar to that used for conventional hydro power, but with characteristics of renewable energy, sea water would go to a kind of lake-dam built on the island and when demand is low, for example At night, the wind turbine driven pumping empty the reservoir. In times of increased activity, the water returns to the reservoir through turbines that generate electricity to meet demand. Because the dam is already in the water, it is necessary to create two reservoirs at different heights.
According to preliminary analysis, the size of the islands could be between 1.5 and 45 square kilometers with a capacity to store energy from 800 to 35,000 MW h. Depending on their location and size could also accommodate housing, parks, etc.
The Danish project still needs to be studied, so the geological analysis, trade and economic might take three years, the island becoming a reality in a period of no less than seven or eight years. However, the advantage lies in being a system known so it is not very difficult to implement, while it would be extremely positive for the environment by relying on the world’s most abundant resource: water sea. Projects such as Ilsa Verde show that with hard work and commitment can achieve a definitive shift towards sustainable production.
The provincial legislature approved the creation of the Energy Contingency Fund. This is a fund of 20 million pesos for immediate respond to contingencies affecting the supply of electricity. The Radical caucus decided to contest the scope of the proposal submitted by the Executive.
After warning that the project did not need the intervention of the Legislature “because it is power of the executive branch, according to the decree that led to the bill, the reporting member of Radicalism, Carlos Giaveno, said the fund energy contingency pursues a “propaganda of an interest as safe.” Giaveno stated that “the only solution may be to this problem is with long-term policies, strong investment, energy development and welfare.”
Moreover, the member of the Civic Front in Ersep, Juan Pablo Quinteros, predicted that request to the directory that being the elimination of fixed fees charged by EPEC, considering that the management and control thereof has become abstract. Quinteros’s position came after the prosecutor’s decision Gustavo Hidalgo to dismiss the complaint he had filed against former Epec directory for the use of proceeds for Arroyo Cabral Transformer Station. “This is neither more nor less than bleaching the cynicism of EPEC, which charges people a fee for a particular work and then brought to your whim,” Quinteros said.
Energy experts suggest a thorough review of the price of natural gas for the domestic market, because they believe that the “subsidy” is not sustainable current time.
As energy analyst, Carlos Alberto Lopes, declining gas reserves in Bolivia shows that cannot continue with the subsidy and that this system should be changed immediately.
“We do not believe that current gas prices can be managed as a form of subsidy for the low domestic price,” he said Lopes.
Currently, domestic distribution receives natural gas to 1.1 U.S. $ / Miff (including the cost of transport), while the dealer sells it three times this price.
In this context, Hector Garcia, director and partner of Energy Resources Consulting, recommended a revision of the tariff structure and claimed that the producer price should be increased to values close to $ 2 us / MP3.
He noted that the value of transportation in Bolivia is adequate (0.41 $ us / MP3) and the value assigned to the distribution must be analyzed so that the final price did not exceed $ 3 us / MP3.
For his part, Boris Gomez energy consultant explained that the price of natural gas is considered in the regions where it is sold, creating a sort of free market where sales volume prevails agreed to set time.
However, he said that ideally in Bolivia is marketed energy at affordable costs, but through long-term public policy and legal stability.
“While there is no structural solution will continue in that logic is illogical. It is an illusion that eventually must end: to have subsidized fuel and natural gas in the country, but supported with funds from export of raw material is possible, “said Gomez.
As you can see in this year, The answers are encouraging and challenging – and vary widely at national and regional. Updated every year, the ExxonMobil Outlook analyzes the trends that will shape the global supply and demand of energy in the coming decades.
In the OECD energy demand flat. Developed economies belonging to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) need energy to fuel continued economic recovery and growth. However, despite economic growth, energy demand in the OECD will be essentially unchanged until 2030.
The fundamental driver of this result is greater efficiency energética.Y efficiency, combined with a shift to cleaner fuels, emissions will decline significantly in the OECD by 2030.
Among non-OECD countries, China will lead a spectacular rise in energy demand and the growing prosperity of its large population is reflected in trends such as the properties of vehicles and increased consumption of electricity in general. Yet in 2030 the per capita energy consumption in non-OECD countries will remain much lower than in OECD countries. The efficiency gain will not be enough to offset this increase in demand and therefore CO2 emissions in countries outside the OECD will continue to increase until 2030.
ExxonMobil expects global energy demand in 2030 will grow about 35 percent more than in 2005. The growth in demand would be much higher – with a 2030 energy consumption almost double 2005 levels – if not for the expected improvements in energy efficiency.
We will have to continue to expand energy sources available to meet this substantial increase in demand. These sources include oil, natural gas and coal, which in 2030 will continue to meet about 80 percent of world energy demand.
Modern renewable fuels – wind, solar and biofuels – will expand significantly. The coal will decline sharply in OECD countries, but remain the dominant fuel for power generation in countries outside the OECD.
Technology will continue to evolve and play a key role in increasing efficiency, expanding supply and mitigation of emissions. These three elements must be pursued with vigor and perseverance in order to fulfill our rational use of energy and global environmental challenges.