A large part of the world is currently caught up in a fight to reduce gas consumption. This is because we, as a species, are close to draining our planet dry of this precious natural resource. We can see how desperate gas extraction operations have become by simply observing the unfolding of the fracking debate. Fracking is incredibly destructive and yet despite the protests it’s gaining in momentum by the day. So the only thing we can do, it seems, is to try to reduce our own gas consumption. But where should we begin?
Making Wise Energy Decisions
If you want to reduce your personal gas consumption then the best place to start in this situation is by assessing your current living situation. Owning gas appliances, such as a cooker or gas burning fireplace, is not a bad thing in and of itself. In fact, in many circumstances gas can be much a much better environmental choice than electricity. But it’s important to make sure that we are using the right appliances, at the right time, and in the right way.
Conducting an Energy Audit
Auditing is the process by which you conduct a financial inspection of an institution, however it’s also often used to mean the process by which you make a thorough assessment of the capabilities of your home and/or appliances to perform at their most efficient. This does include calculating whether or not your appliances are losing you money, but will also mean you finding out just what kind of impact your appliances – and your home in general – are having on the environment. An energy audit is the first and most important step in the process of reducing your gas consumption. Figuring out how much you spend on gas and what you’re using it for will help you to figure out where you can cut back.
Reducing Your Consumption
Once you’ve carried out your audit, now’s the time to identify the ways in which you can make cutbacks. The most obvious way to make cutbacks is to simply use less gas. Instead of having your gas boiler on all day, only turn it on when you need to use it, or, alternatively, put on a cardigan. Additionally, if you have a gas fireplace make sure you’re using it for what it’s intended for. Many people use their fireplaces as a light source – this is not only inefficient, but you can easily create mood lighting in your home by using low-cost LED lighting.
Upgrade Your Home’s Energy Efficiency
Another sure-fire way to reduce your gas consumption is to upgrade the energy efficiency of your home in general. Better insulation will help you to keep your home warmer for longer. And better appliances will mean that they use less gas to produce the same amount of energy. This might mean making an initial outlay, but there are plenty of schemes around to help people improve their home’s energy efficiency. If this is something you’re interested in, make sure to get in touch with both your energy provider and your local government to see what kinds of initiatives they offer.
From time to time we publish guest articles. This article was written for us by Vickie Bailey.
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