We’re approaching summer soon and with it, the energy consumption is expected to rise with the use of ACs and water.

The aim in summer should be limiting the excess use of electricity and water by taking small steps. Below are some tips you can consider this summer.

ACs:

l Clean AC filters regularly (once every 2 weeks). This can help you save 5% of electricity consumption.

l Set the AC thermostat on a moderate temperature (24/25ºC).

l Air Conditioning consumption represents more than 60% of your electricity bill. You should seek to reduce its usage when not required.

l Close the openings around the Window type AC. This will help you save 9% of electricity consumption.

l Thermal insulation in buildings reduces the cooling capacity needed by air conditioners.

l Keep the curtain drawn in rooms when A/Cs are running, so the room will get colder at a faster rate.

l Certified air conditioners with approved energy labels from EWA are a great way to keep cool and to save both energy and money at the same time.

Water:

l You can save 27% of the water by installing effective irrigation system with timers.

l Avoiding the use of washing machine with less than its full capacity saves both electricity and water.

l Use water saving devices to save 30%-40% of water. Some of them are Shower timer, Toilet cistern bag and Aerator tap/showerhead

l When washing clothes by hand, use a wash tub instead of a running tap.

l Turn off the water heater when not in use.

l Let grass stand tall. Mow grass to a height of 2 to 3 inches. Taller grass shades the roots and soil surface, which helps reduce the amount of water that is lost to evaporation.

l On warm days, setting a programmable thermostat to a higher setting when you are not at home can help reduce your energy costs by approximately 10 percent.

Take the correct decision this summer and let’s move towards saving the planet.

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