Energy Wastage: How to Save and Reduce in Your Home & Business

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Around the house and at work keeping our living and working conditions clean and tidy is a daily activity. As we collect our rubbish and prepare it for refuse collection many of us have come to think carefully about where it all ends up. Even the garden doesn’t escape our attention, and garden waste is carefully separated for composting and garden waste removal is often conducted by a contractor. 

As humans we are not going to stop generating waste, it’s part of our lives. Luckily, we are covered by our local Council on regular basis who provide and waste collection and waste disposal service. In the case of bulky items like a fridge disposal or furniture removal there are licensed operators like us at Junk Removal Wirral who are nearby and can provide immediate rubbish clearance services when needed. 

While a lot of focus is on where the rubbish removal ends up, like the landfill or at a recycler, as we seen recently there is a new concentrated focus on other forms of waste.

This is on energy waste. It’s been the subject at the recent COP 26 summit. And this time it seems that all the countries around the world believe that something drastic should be done about energy waste and the way energy is generated. 

Why The Focus on Energy Waste? 

There are two parts to the energy story. One is to convince those that produce energy to do so in a more environmentally friendly way. Globally there are a number of major energy generators that are contributors to the pollution of the environment. And using coal to make energy is one of the most polluting activities. 

More than a quarter of all the greenhouse gas emissions come from making energy. Transport, incidentally, is an even bigger contributor to greenhouse gas emissions than energy producers. But that is a subject for another day. 

The second part is to identify the actions in our lives, at home and in business, that can be taken to reduce the wastage of energy in our daily lives.

Energy waste Reduction at Work

One of the biggest threats facing Companies is not achieving reduction targets for energy usage and wastage. In fact, should targets not be reached it could severely affect the business, as it will face stiff penalties from authorities and backlash form customers. This is because the drive for zero emissions has started, and all businesses must comply. Many operational activities can be monitored or controlled to assist in doing so. 

Measurement and Management

Controlling and measuring accurately the production processes through accurate calibration of equipment that does so and focusing on targets that are designed to lower energy usage and bring costs down will achieve the savings desired. Adding sensors also helps monitor and control energy usage. 

When not using equipment, it also helps save energy by turning them off such as on a weekend or during the night.

Refrigeration or Heating 

Businesses that use either of these two processes in the course of their activities are exposed to high electricity costs. Refrigeration in particular can account for up to half the energy running costs. 

A number of managerial actions can safeguard and save on excessive spending on energy used in refrigeration: 

  • Ensure doors are properly sealed
  • Maintain the working parts including pipework and keep clean and unblocked.
  • Run refrigeration units efficiently

Boiler maintenance is vital to ensure that boilers don’t use excessive fuel which results in extra heating costs. With the addition of a heat recovery system energy can be recycled for alternate uses. 

In both instances, whether for heating or cooling insulated pipes that service both systems should be well kept and made as direct as possible to keep energy loss down to a minimum. 

In the Home: Save Energy

As an expensive part of running a home, besides looking for cheaper energy suppliers, it’s a great idea to survey your own home usage and investigate ways to lessen your own carbon footprint. Let’s take a look at some classic examples.

Cooling and Heating your Home

We all assume an air conditioner is best for this purpose, but they are big users of energy. Don’t let them run for long periods and use it to cool the house starting in the morning when it’s not too hot already. Some run-on economy which helps too. To be efficient, keep the air in the room by keeping windows and doors closed. 

Much cheaper are ceiling fans which a cheap and easy to install. They cool down the environment in a room and can be put onto winter mode if it’s required to circulate warm air. 

Enquire about energy efficiency when buying a new appliance. Those with a standby mode are energy savers or remember to turn them off at night when not in use. 

This is particularly applicable to appliances you use all the time like your fridge or washing machine.

Heating and movement of water also uses a lot of energy. Solar power has become a good way to go and using gravity to feed showers from rain tanks saves both energy and water use. 

Junk Removal Wirral Supports “Go Green”

Solar and other forms of eco-friendly power that make use of the wind, biogas or water are your way to reduce your reliance on the traditional energy grid that uses either gas or coal. As we know, coal is a huge contributor to greenhouse gases, so long term one would hope that its use is phased out. 

We at Junk Removal Wirral support initiatives that are designed to reduce everyone’s carbon footprint and spread the word on how to reduce energy waste in our area. Help us do so by implementing some of the above measures. 

We help you clean up your environment. It is not only household waste or business waste that is the problem, but also how we reduce energy waste on a daily basis. 

If you need our services, please call us at the following number: 0151 808 0407

We look forward to hearing from you.




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