By Linda Manyala

Energy audits and sustainable solutions for residential properties and homeowners are essential for reducing energy consumption, lowering utility bills, and decreasing the environmental impact of households.

Eenovators Limited offers services and products that are suitable to homeowners. We encourage homeowners to take up efficient measures that will save them money which can in turn be utilized for other projects in this inflated economy. A simple guide that our readers can consider includes:

Assessment of current energy and water consumption

Conduct a Home Energy Assessment: Start by hiring a professional energy auditor. An audit of the premises is key to realizing opportunities including areas where energy is being wasted and helps prioritize improvements.

  • Inspect Insulation and Sealing: Check for gaps, leaks, and poor insulation in doors, windows, walls, and the attic. Seal any gaps with caulk or weather-stripping and consider adding more insulation if necessary.
  • Assess Heating and Cooling Systems: Check the efficiency of your (HVAC) heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances if needed and replace air filters regularly.
  • Lighting and Appliances: Replace incandescent bulbs with LED or CFL bulbs, and upgrade to energy-efficient appliances.
  • Evaluate Water Heating: Consider a tankless water heater or insulate the water heater and pipes to reduce heat loss.
  • Check for Energy Leaks: Examine your electrical outlets, switch plates, and vents for leaks. Install gaskets behind outlets and use draft stoppers on doors.

Assess Energy Consumption: Monitor your energy consumption with a smart meter or energy monitoring system to identify high-usage areas.

Eenovators Online Shop offers a wide range of monitors that would allow homeowners to monitor their usage and identify opportunities for implementation to lower utility bills.

The monitors are linked to an intuitive platform The Eagles Energy Management Program that offers customers real-time data on their mobile device or PC and access to Engineers who provide crucial insights and support to effect necessary measures on high consuming home systems.

Sustainable Solutions

There are various measures recommended after the audit of premises that go a long way to ensure savings are achieved and maintained. Some are low hanging fruits that require zero to minimal funds for uptake by effecting behavioural changes while others require financing.

Eenovators offers project finance to alleviate the financial burden for our customers to enable uptake of both Renewable Energy options and Energy Efficiency projects;

  1. Solar Panels: Install solar panels on your roof to generate renewable energy and reduce electricity bills.
  2. Energy-Efficient Windows: Upgrade to energy-efficient windows that have double or triple panes and low-emissivity coatings to reduce heat loss.
  3. Programmable Thermostats: Install a programmable thermostat to optimize heating and cooling based on your schedule, reducing energy waste.
  4. Smart Home Technology: Utilize smart home technology to control lighting, thermostats, and appliances remotely, optimizing energy use.
  5. Energy-Efficient Lighting: Replace incandescent bulbs with LED or CFL bulbs, which use significantly less energy and have a longer lifespan.
  6. Water-Saving Fixtures: Install low-flow showerheads, faucets, and toilets to reduce water consumption.
  7. Insulation and Sealing: Improve insulation in your home’s walls, attic, and basement to keep the temperature stable and reduce energy consumption.
  8. Energy-Efficient Landscaping: Plant shade trees near windows and the roof to reduce the cooling load on your home during hot months.
  9. Recycling and Sustainable Practices: Implement recycling measures and use sustainable building materials for renovations and upgrades. Minimize waste by reducing consumption and reusing items whenever possible.
  10. Energy-Efficient Transportation: Opt for electric or hybrid vehicles to reduce your carbon footprint.
  11. Education and Engagement: Educate your family about energy conservation and involve them in the process to ensure everyone is on board. This may include switching off lights, appliances and ensuring taps are not running when unused.
  12. High-Efficiency Appliances: Invest in ENERGY STAR-rated appliances for improved energy efficiency. Many countries have energy labeling and efficiency standards in place for appliances. Compliance with these standards helps ensure that appliances are more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly including Kenya.

The Kenya Energy Label, with its red and green tag, is a valuable tool for consumers when shopping for new appliances. It provides essential information about the energy efficiency of various appliances, making it easier to make informed choices. Here are some key points to consider when using the Kenya Energy Label:

  • Energy Efficiency Rating: The label typically includes a star rating system, with more stars indicating higher energy efficiency. A higher star rating means the appliance consumes less energy, which translates to lower operating costs and reduced utility bills.
  • Cost Savings: Choosing appliances with higher star ratings can result in significant cost savings over time. While energy-efficient appliances may have a higher upfront cost, the savings on your energy bills can offset this cost in the long run.
  • Environmental Benefits: Using energy-efficient appliances not only saves you money but also has a positive impact on the environment. Reduced energy consumption means lower greenhouse gas emissions and decreased air pollution, contributing to environmental conservation and sustainability.
  • Comparison Shopping: The label makes it easier to compare the energy consumption of similar appliance models. This allows you to make choices that align with their budget, energy-saving goals, and environmental concerns.
  • Appliance Selection: The Kenya Energy Label is commonly found on refrigerators, air conditioners, and other major appliances. Consider choosing appliances with high star ratings for maximum energy efficiency.
  • Long-Term Considerations: When shopping for appliances, it’s important to think about the long-term cost of ownership, including both the purchase price and ongoing operating costs. Energy-efficient appliances may have a higher upfront cost but can be more economical in the long term.

By paying attention to the Kenya Energy Label and choosing appliances with higher star ratings, consumers can make eco-friendly choices that benefit their wallets and the environment. This simple practice aligns with the principles of sustainability and responsible consumption, contributing to a greener and more energy-efficient future.

By conducting an audit of your home and implementing sustainable solutions, homeowners can reduce their energy consumption, save money on utility bills, and contribute to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future.

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