“The earth has enough for everyone’s needs but not for everyone’s greed”- Mahatma Gandhi
As we move towards a technologically advanced future with every amenity for a comfortable life, we tend to forget the toll our planet has to bear. Any significant change must begin at grass-root level and that is why, when we become “energy-conscious”, we give back to our ever bountiful earth even more. Fortunately, we have some tips to help you conserve energy for everyday at home.

1. Adopt better habits

Before we begin big, let us start small. Before purchasing those LED lamps, take a closer introspection on our habits. To reduce energy consumption in our homes, we can perform simple actions. It can be as simple as turning off lights or appliances when not in use. We can also take help from nature, instead of relying on machines- for example, we can hang-dry our clothes instead of putting them in the dryer. It begins small but these significant changes can mean a massive shift in saving power and energy for our homes, our community and our world.

2. The light bulbs

The most popular energy conservation methods are LED lamps and we approve. While traditional incandescent light bulbs consume excessive electricity, halogen incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), and light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) use 25-80% less electricity and last 3 to 25 times longer than traditional bulbs. That means, we not only help save energy but also our money that would be used to change the traditional bulbs.

3. Temp down the AC

Yes, the summer heat is unbearable but as the first line of defense, it is always better to use the ceiling fan as they cost about 30 paise an hour to operate whereas air conditioners cost Rs.10.00 per hour. By using ceiling fans, we can reduce the energy of air-conditioners as much as 40 percent. Another way to cool down one’s home is to plant trees and shrubs around the open space. They not only add beauty to the home but helps keep the temperature cool.

4. Don’t heat the refrigerators

It is important to note that the refrigerators at our home should be kept away from every source of heat, including direct sunlight and appliances such as the oven, and cooking range. The reason? Refrigerator motors and compressors generate heat, hence it is important to allow enough space for continuous airflow around them. When heat cannot escape then the cooling system consumes more energy. Another important point to remember is to allow the hot and warm food to first cool down before we put them before putting them in the refrigerator. Another way the refrigerator will consume less energy.

5. Insulate the water heater

Who can deny themselves the pleasure of taking a warm water bath during winters? Well, it is also important to insulate the hot water pipes, but a word of caution, one should never insulate plastic pipes. Also, reducing the temperature setting of a water heater from 60 degrees to 50 degrees Celsius, one can save over 18 percent of the energy. So continue to enjoy your baths while saving energy, now that is a clean deal!

At Embassy Springs, we understand the value of energy and the finite resources that we bestow to our future generation. That is why the whole of 288 acres encompassing Embassy Springs is built with the idea of sustainability. From using solar-powered lights, LED lamps, to groundwater conservation to planting drought-resistant plants and trees. We are doing our bit towards a sustainable planet, come contribute your share at Bangalore’s biggest and best-planned city.