When it comes to the running of the operations in the home, many of the activities are centered around the availability of various energy forms. From the running of various machinery to the facilitation of lighting in the home, these are all processes dependent on energy. For many homes and especially those in the extremely hot and extremely cold areas, there could be great costs to incur in seeking to come up with the ideal living conditions.
However, there are ways that mother nature could assist in cutting down the cost. Some examples are:
1. Underground heat pumping systems
As the name suggests, the idea is to try and source for heat, not from the electrical company, but from the heat that is dispersed in the earth naturally. Deep in the earth, there are so many processes that occur eg. pressurization that give off a lot of energy. This energy tends to simply be contained in the earth's surface and would therefore be a free resource to tap into in seeking to provide heating for the home. This may be a costly investment to begin with but in due time and especially for those looking to own their homes for a long period of time, it is the best way forward.
2. Cold water system
Often times in looking to make chores in the home more convenient, a dishwasher is one of the items that tends to be purchased. Given that it rids the homeowner of the task of handling the dishes in running water for the most part, then it would follow that cold water would still be ideal for the machine's operations and not the hot water that most people opt for. This will greatly bring down the heating system's costs and guarantee the same level of cleanliness that the hot water would have.
3. Wood pellet mechanisms
In many homes, the concept of providing warmth has always centered around having a fireplace and burning wood to release the much needed heat. This concept is however being fought as in the long run, the efforts to fell trees are not being met by equal effort to replenish and grow others. As a result, there is need to find another source that could achieve the same result but in a more ecofriendly way.
This is the concept behind saw dust because it not only allows a method of preventing pollution as is often the case, but it can be harnessed to small pellets that can be burnt in specially designed stoves that release heat, can be used to cook and in the long run, take up much less space than the firewood counterparts.
4. Bath modifications
In homes where there has been great investment in bathtubs, the idea is to have a semi pool set up or at the very least Jacuzzi feel that can just help one unwind at the end of a long day. However, in seeking to enjoy the experience, there can be a lot of unnecessary expenditure being incurred. In looking to fill the tub to maximum, there could be a lot of wastage not only of water but also of heat.
The same tub could serve its purpose having the water placed at half capacity. This in time will translate into cost saving. Another option could be considering a type of bath that contains heat rather than dispelling it. Stone baths are notorious for absorbing most of the heat generated by the bath water.
In the end, many devices have been invented to assist in regulating energy use and reuse. Devices like thermostats, concepts like energy saving bulbs and even air conditioner regulators can greatly reduce the amount of electricity needed and thereby paid for. There is need to look into this regulations as in so doing, there is guaranteed to be more energy to power more homes in time.
Barbara Carois a freelance writer whose passion and interests tend towards environmental awareness. Her most recent writings on best home practices and how they can improve environmental preservation have led to mechanisms touching on geotechnical construction.