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A Few Steps to Energy Saving Air Conditioning

6/11/2013 3:28:24 PM | by Anonymous

Insulation Materials: Air Conditioning

It’s a difficult choice for even the most eco-conscious advocate: accept the unrelenting heat boring down on your home or turn on the air conditioner.

 

Adjusting to the climate without falling back on some electric device is, of course, the green choice. Yet, the comfort air conditioning has to offer can be hard to resist. Still, the eco-friendly can’t overlook it as the one of the most energy sucking devices in the home. It’s not only one of the greatest burdens on a power grid, it also emits greenhouse gas emissions. Even the most energy efficient air conditioner is still an air conditioner with all the environment, energy and cost negatives.

 

For the environmentally responsible individual, the dilemma is obvious. It is understandable; we’re not interested in sitting in a sweltering room, especially on those long hot summer nights. So, how do we maintain our principle policy of eco-efficiency without sacrificing the very thing we have a home for, comfort?

 

Functionality

An air conditioner utilizes electricity — energy — to move heat from the home interior to the exterior environment, essentially leaving the interior cooler and comfortable. They use the operating principles of the basic refrigerator, transferring heat to keep a specific space cool. Over two-thirds of U.S. homes have air conditioners. These units are responsible for near 5 percent of all electricity generated in the United States. This is at a yearly cost of more than $11 billion to those users. In that same period, these air conditioners are releasing somewhere in the vicinity of two tons of carbon dioxide per home into the air. That’s pretty much 100 million tons.

 

This applies to even the highest efficient air conditioner.

Alternatives to Air Conditioning

 

There are alternatives to standard air conditioning that covers traditional and cutting edge. Some utilize natural methods. Others may require spending a little money for the long term gain, but they all promise to lower your energy bills substantially and do a little less damage to the environment.

 

Windows should be closed when the sun is up. Let the cooler night air in with the windows open after the sun has gone down. Trapping the cool air in the house keeps the temperatures a few degrees lower. You can also use a couple of box fans in windows on opposite sides of the room for a well deserved cross breeze.

 

The Passive House is a design developed by the Germans two decades ago. This structure requires no cooling or heating system because it’s been super-insulated to minimize energy use. It uses well designed placement of shading, maximizing shadow in the summer. It will be costly but the long term benefits and savings will definitely make it worthwhile. Air Conditioning Insulation Materials can also be used in every home to reduce heat coming in the structure; hence decrease in energy consumption.

 

Solar Powered Air Conditioning is definitely great news for conventional power grids. These units reduce energy bills without extensive and costly solar panels. It’s still a new technology and while its capability to reduce energy cannot be denied, its infancy means there will be advances that will further maximize energy efficiency and costs.

 

A DIY Air Conditioner needs a fan, a shallow bowl and some ice. At its worst, a fan usually blows the hot air around, which isn’t very efficient. Fill the shallow bowl with ice and place it in front of the fan. As the ice evaporates, the fan will fill the room with the resultant cool air.

 

Avoid generating heat during the hottest months of the year. Clothes dryers, ovens, computers and televisions all create heat. Minimize their use and definitely turn them off when not in use.

 

Conclusion

With a little effort, you can easily reduce air conditioning energy use by 20 to 50 percent in the home. Steamy climates require resourceful thinking and due diligence on a homeowner’s part, as well as that desire to lessen one’s carbon footprint.

 

Author Bio: This post comes from the folks at Brisbane Air, the professionals at air conditioning in Brisbane. If you would like to talk about eco-friendly air conditioning options, get in touch with them.

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