ENERGY SAVINGSJuly 2, 2013

Using energy wisely in the home saves money and the environment. By being energy efficient we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

 There are many things we can do in our lives to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Starting in the home is best place to have the greatest impact. Start with simple changes you can make straight away and then plan to make some of the bigger changes in the future. The more changes you make, the more you can save.

Energy Saving Facts

    • About 35% of the Caribbean’s greenhouse gas emissions come from electricity consumption.
    • Only 8% of our electricity comes from renewable sources.
    • The average household in Caricom emits over 8 tonnes of greenhouse gas pollution each year.
    • Using hot water accounts for around 40% of your homes energy consumption, so big savings are possible.
    • Appliances left on stand-by consume electricity and can account for 10% or more of your electricity bill.
    • The energy to make one new aluminium can is the same amount for 20 recycled ones.

Ave. Household Energy $aving per year

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Energy Savings Tips
Solar Power
 Reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions should be the Caricom’s top priority. And in the fight to tackle climate change, every single action counts!
As an individual or business owner, there are many simple and practical steps you can take that require just minor changes in your lifestyle but can have an immediate impact €“ saving you money and bringing benefits to the environment:
      • When buying, renting, building or renovating a home, be aware of the energy efficiency gains €“ as well the financial savings €“ that can be made by installing energy efficient appliances and lighting.
      • Consider switching your regular light globes to energy efficient fluorescent lights as they use 75% less energy.
      • Make sure all your appliances are turned off (and not on standby) whenever you€™re not using them, including at night. This simple step can help you save around 10% of your electricity bill.
      • Insulate your ceiling, walls and floors. Did you know a home that is not insulated can lose up to 35% of heat from the ceiling, up to 25% through walls and up to 20% through floors.
      • Air conditioning shouldn’t be the automatic solution on hot days. For example, on warm days you can start by using an external blind, pergola or deciduous vine can to keep out the sun. Well-designed eaves shade summer sun while allowing winter sun in. It is also important to externally shade east and west windows in summer.
      • You can save energy when cooking, by choosing the right tools. Gas is cheaper and less damaging to the environment than electricity. If you don€™t have access to gas, consider using the microwave (some models come with a browning element) or electric kettle instead of the stovetop. And when filling your kettle use the minimum amount of water needed €“ any more just wastes energy.
      • Keep your fridges and freezers clean and well ventilated. This means your fridge and freezer need space on all sides to allow heat to escape. Check regularly that your door seals are kept clean and close tightly. Also, it is better to locate fridges and freezers away from heat sources such as ovens and cook tops. Be aware that fridges operate best at temperatures between 3 to 5°C as outside of these temperatures, it costs more to run and they can frost up. For freezers, the recommended range is -15 to -18°C. Regular defrosting of both fridge and freezers is recommended to remove any frost build-up.
      • It makes good sense to buy energy-efficient appliances with low standby power usage. Look at the energy or water rating label and choose one with a high star rating.
      • Most computers are energy star compliant and use minimal power when in standby mode. However, most don€™t have this standby mode feature switched on.

Solar Hot Water

      • When replacing your old showerhead makes sure you choose a 3 star rated shower head that will allow you to save hundreds of litres of water each year.
      • In order to reduce your water bill and help ease Caricom€™s water shortage, reduce your shower time and reduce water daily consumption. This can be done through such simple steps as encouraging your kids to close the tap while brushing their teeth.
      • Wash your clothes in cold water and then hang them outside on the clothesline to dry. By using cold water instead of hot water to wash your clothes you will save up to 3.5 kilograms of greenhouse gases per wash.
      • Avoid using the clothes dryer as they can generate more than 3 kilograms of greenhouse gases per load. If you need to use your clothes dryer you could hang your clothes on a rack to dry before finishing them off in the dryer.
      • When replacing an electric hot water service install a high efficiency gas or solar hot water system.
      • Hot water accounts for around 40% of household energy consumption. Every 15 litres of hot water used from an electric water heater generates about one kilogram of greenhouse gas. Buying a high efficiency gas or solar water heater is a great way to start cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
      • And don€™t forget: all new homes and major renovations in Caricom must now meet basic energy performance requirements, making it even more important you know how to create an energy efficient, eco-friendly home.

Top 10 Tips when installing Solar Power

    • Make sure your solar panels face in the direction of the sun. In Caricom, that means south.
    • Most people in the Caricom have more roof space than they can fill with solar panels. Even so, make sure your south facing roof space is large enough to accommodate your system.
    • Make sure the area you choose for your panels isn€™t shaded.
    • Allow approximately 8m² of roof area for each 1kw of solar panels.
    • Get a few quotes. Prices may vary widely between providers but don€™t be swayed by price alone because cheaper components can be used to reduce the up-front cost of a system.
    • Before meeting a consultant regarding the installation of a solar power system, if possible have a couple of power bills with you. This will help them determine the size of the system you€™ll need.
    • If you are calculating the number of panels yourself, use winter sunshine hours rather than summer hours. There are roughly twice as many hours of sunshine in summer and the wrong calculation could leave you needing to use backup power in winter more often than you€™d like. Before committing to a particular system, check what incentives are available.
    • Ensure the installer you use is accredited.
    • Likewise, make sure your new solar power system is connected back to the grid by a licensed electrician.
    • Once your system is in use, make sure you keep the solar panels clean €“ even if it means getting up on your roof once a year. A thin layer of dust or dirt on the glass cover will effectively block off some solar power and the system will operate below its maximum efficiency.