How to Keep Your Home Energy Efficient
In this day and age, everyone is trying to do their bit for the environment. Reducing your carbon footprint can make a significant impact on the earth and your bills. Here are some simple tips and tricks for a more energy efficient home.
WATCH THE WATER
Get into the habit of making small day-to-day changes that are going to decrease the amount of hot water you use. Turning off the tap when brushing your teeth, taking showers instead of baths and filling the sink with hot water before you shave rather than leaving the tap running are all small simple things that add up. Even taking shorter showers will save you money. Other water efficiency savings are only boiling the kettle with the amount of water you need, using a low temperature on the washing machine and only using the dishwasher when it’s full on an eco setting.
Using energy efficient light bulbs is potentially the easiest thing you can do in your home to save you a small fortune. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs are much more energy efficient and longer lasting. Turning off these lights when leaving the room is also worth doing and will further save you money. That’ll brighten up your day.
UNPLUG THE UNUSED
Kettles, toasters, phone chargers and lamps that are plugged in but turned off are still using energy. One phone charger will not be enough to make a huge difference, but collectively making this change to all these items in your home will save money.
TURN DOWN THE THERMOSTAT
Did you know that you could be saving up to 10% of your energy bill by turning down the thermostat just 1 degree? A simple way of saving you money which isn’t going to turn you into an ice cube. Turning the heat on low all day is not cheaper and you end up losing more heat this way. It is much better to turn the heating on only when you need it.
THE OLD FASHIONED WAY
In winter, put on an extra jumper or use a thicker duvet. Keep the curtains and blinds closed to keep the cold air out. On the warmer days, don’t use air conditioning- open a window. Keep the curtains and blinds open as the sunlight will heat the room.