Notice Your Energy Waste
Do you turn off lights when you leave a room? Do you have lights on even when there is plenty of natural lighting? Are fans/ac/heating running when you’re out of the house all day? Do you leave your phone plugged in to charge all night? You’d be surprised by how much energy is used by a seemingly insignificant act. One of the first and easiest steps you can take if you want to conserve energy and increase building efficiency is to calculate your energy consumption and evaluate where vampire loads are draining energy in the background. From there you can learn how to conserve energy by unplugging electronics, relying on natural light more often, questioning your expectations of comfort, reducing screen time, or investing in energy efficient appliances, light fixtures, and more!
You can use the Energy Calculator linked below to determine how much energy each of your devices, appliances, and lighting fixtures uses and how much that costs you on a daily, monthly, and yearly basis. Before you use this it can be helpful to log how much time each of your electronics usually runs for and maybe look into their brand, wattage, and year if you can.
Now that you know how much energy you’re using, what next? Continue exploring the CCAP to learn about actions you can take to conserve energy or check out one of these helpful links:
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