Are you worried about rising energy costs? Would you like to know how you can cut the cost of your utility bills? Luckily, there are many ways you can be smarter with your energy consumption and lower your bills in the process; here are five ways you can do it.
You can start by unplugging your appliances when they’re not in use. Take a look around your home right now and count the number of devices you’ve got plugged in but aren’t actually using. Just because they’re not being used or are in standby mode, doesn’t mean they’re not using energy!
Pick appliances with a good energy rating as these have been designed to use less energy and be more efficient.
- Heating and Cooling
A considerable amount of energy can be lost if your home isn’t properly insulated. The correct insulation will help maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the year, save money on your energy bills and soon pay for itself. Draught-proofing your home is another way of making your home more energy efficient. Keep your doors and windows closed when you’ve got the heating or air conditioner running and shade your windows to keep heat out or heat in.
Depending on where you live, you may find a Water Efficiency Labeling and Standards scheme in place. This gives certain appliances a rating depending on their efficiency, so look for appliances with as many stars as possible.
Collecting rainwater could be an option. Even if you only use it for watering the garden, you’ll be saving on your water usage.
Recycle your greywater, from showers, washing machines, dish washing and use it in the garden or even in toilets.
Having a shower rather than a bath is a way to conserve water, but you can make further improvements by using a smart showerhead.
- Green Power
Do you know how many greenhouse gases your household emits every year? Half of your emissions are the result of electricity generation. You can make a big difference by switching to energy generated from clean, renewable sources, such as wind, water, waste power and the sun. Residential solar panels are available if you want to create your own power, rather than use a green energy supplier; Goingsolar.com has all the information you need if you want to know more.
- Electronic Devices
Many of the electronic devices you use in your home don’t use a massive amount of energy, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look for ways to make savings. Some of the devices in your home use more power than others. Modern video game systems, electric kettles, desktop computers and television sets are prime examples. The best way to reduce energy consumption in this area is to remember to switch them off and unplug them when not in use.
There are many other ways you can reduce your energy consumption, such as recycling, avoiding disposable items, purchasing locally, eating less packaged food and more plant-based meals, and reducing the amount of food you throw away.
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