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Using an elevator / lift: ways to conserve electricity wastage and save time, money!

Using an elevator or a lift is a common activity that you will probably do at work, college or home. With high rise workplaces and apartments and malls everywhere taking the stairs every time is difficult. Elevators are powerful electrical devices and hence using them will use up a lot of electricity power. Here are some tips to prevent unnecessary wastage of electricity when you use an elevator.

  1. Lift Pooling: Just like carpooling, this means trying to get more people into the lift (within the safely allowed limits). Before you close the lift doors, look to see if anyone is hurrying to get in and hold the door open for them. This will waste a few seconds for you, but will save a lot of time for the other person. It also means less lift trips and so less electricity used.
  2. Don’t press the up and the down buttons: This is a common mistake most people make. The dictum in most elevators is this. If you would like to go to a floor below, push the down button and if you would like to go to a floor above you, push the up button. Pushing the wrong or both buttons means that the lift will stop unnecessarily when it is not headed to your destination floor. This wastes everyones time (including yours!). needless to say, the stopping and opening of the doors wastes some electricity.
  3. Choose your elevator: May buildings have more than one elevator in the same spot. Usually the call buttons are interlinked. But if you have the option of choosing an elevator, choose the one that is on the closest floor to where you are waiting. Also avoid calling all the lifts when possible. Lifts that travel longer use up more electricity. Calling many elevators will also multiply the electricity costs.
  4. Switch off the fans: If the elevator has a manual switch for the fan, turn off the fan if you are the last person to leave the lift. A lot of modern lifts usually automatically do this.
  5. Don’t let children play with lift buttons: Kids love watching elevator doors open and shut and also pushing all the buttons when they get into the lift. This is both annoying and wastes electricity and someone else’s time. Gently prevent them from doing this.
  6. Take the stairs: Although this may not be possible, if you ned to just walk a couple of flights of stairs, use this option when possible. I work on the third floor and invariably use the stairs all the time! This is healthy too.

These are just some random tips. If you own a lift or have an elevator in your apartment make sure it is serviced appropriately and also cleaned regularly. Lifts that break down or malfunction are expensive to repair and also waste a lot of electricity.Hope you found this article useful.

Note: I have used the words “lift” and “elevator” to mean the same thing. The words are used interchangeably depending on which country you live in!

Conserve water when you shower

The sensation of stepping into a hot shower on a cold morning or after a tiring day of work and play is awesome. Having a loooong shower is very refreshing, but also uses up a lot of water. Here are some tips to conserve water when you have that hot shower.

1. Save the water you waste while waiting for the right temperature: depending on your water heater, it takes a few seconds or minutes to get water at the right temperature. During this time precious water is getting wasted. Catch this in a bucket or a mug. You can use this for a wide range of things either in the bathroom (brushing teeth, filling the flush, washing your face) or anywhere else in your house (watering plants, soaking or washing clothes, mopping floors, cleaning a car, etc,). This can be quite a sizeable amount of water saved.

2. Slow or stop the shower when you soap yourself. While you lather soap and scrub yourself clean, most of the water is just running away. Slow down the shower or stop it for these few minutes. You can also use water collected from the 1st tip to lather your soap or body wash.

3. Time your shower. This is especially useful in the mornings when you need to get to work or school in time. It helps you waste less time and also helps save water. This may not be possible on the days when all you want is a long hot shower, but its worth a try.

4. Use water saving showerheads. There are shower heads that have a water saving design and hence save water without compromising on the quality of your shower time. They are usually a one time investment and hence will pay for themselves by reducing your water bills.

4. Slow down the water speed. While we all love that feeling of a high speed shower, slowing it down a wee bit can help save a few liters. Try it.

5. Avoid water dripping. A shower tap thatbis not closed fully or a faulty tap/showerhead will result in water dripping even after you think your bath is over. This results in water slowly getting wasted. Make sure your shower tap is fully closed and not leaking.

5. Shower together. Couples could enjoy the intimacy and pleasure of showering together! However they could end up being extra long!! So try it and there could be more happening than saving water!

6. Catch that water. Keeping a bucket or a mug by the side will catch a couple of liters of water that gets wasted due to the showrer jet being wide. You could always use this for other purposes.

So that’s just a few practical tips. Saving water not only cuts down your water bills, but also helps conserve water and is good for the environment.

Share your other water saving tips in the shower.

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