Saving energy at home
Greenmatch, a one-stop website for people who are interested in making the transition to renewable energy and a greener lifestyle, gives 12 simple tips on how to make your home more energy efficient. Small habits in our daily lives not only help the environment but also reduce our energy bills.
Turn off the lights when leaving a room
A basic habit to develop and foster is to make sure that you always turn off the lights when leaving a room. Make a reminder to do so until you get into a habit of doing so subconsciously. You can save a good chunk of your monthly electricity costs by doing something as simple as this regularly.
Switch to efficient appliances
Dryers and refrigerators are two of the most energy-intensive appliances in a home. When they, or indeed any other appliance, are showing signs of age, consider replacing them with new more efficient models which can cut the electricity usage significantly, thereby reducing your electricity bills. In general, maintaining and replacing appliances as they age will reduce your electricity usage - but you do need to be mindful that energy is required to manufacture and deliver new appliances and there are environmental implication in the disposal of your old appliance.
Use LED lights
Switch to LED light bulbs. They cost more than both traditional incandescent and halogen light bulbs but they require much less electricity to power and last much longer.
Needless to say how important it is to switch off devices when not in use. Do not leave devices on standby but rather unplug them and save your electricity bill, and the planet.
Keep the thermostat at a lower temperature
Aim to keep your thermostat at a lower temperature - around 17 degrees and wear an extra layer if you need to. This can make a big difference to your energy costs. Using a programmable smart thermostat is even better.
Reduce water usage
Some easy fixes to reduce your water consumption could be taking quick showers, using just the required amount of water while cooking or making a hot drink and turning off running taps when unused even for seconds.
Use smart automated devices
Smart automated devices can lower your energy bills even when you forget to. Smart automation systems will detect when you are no longer using a device and will turn off the power supply.
Complete your double glazing
Double glazing doors and windows are a perfect solution for a modern home as they can significantly reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases from heating and cooling, thereby reducing your carbon footprint and also lowering your energy bills.
Cook with the lid on
This is a super simple tip to save energy consumption in your everyday life. Cook with the lid on and you will reduce the cooking time and water usage significantly.
Use a smart meter
A smart meter is a great way to see how much power you’re consuming, this will help you keep a track of your consumption in real-time, and where you can reduce it.
Wash clothes at low temperature
Wash clothes at a cooler temperature and with a full load. You will save both water and electricity.
These days you can find a solar-powered version of almost any electronic device you use in your home. Making small shifts and using more solar-powered electronics can go a long way and can also lower your maintenance and replacement costs of these devices.