If you are tired of paying exorbitant energy bills, it’s time to make some changes around your house. In this post, we share some helpful ways you can lower your energy consumption and increase your savings.
- Dial back the thermostat
Dial back your thermostat by a couple of degrees during the day, and lower the temperature further at night. If your thermostat has an “eco mode’, turn it on to maximise your savings.
- Utilise natural daylight
During winter, open up your windows to naturally warm up your house and lower your heating costs. Where possible, use natural sunlight instead of light bulbs to brighten your home.
- Change energy providers
If you have been with the same energy provider for years it is likely that the initial discount on your plan has expired. Do your research and compare gas and electricity providers on a reliable energy comparison service to find competitively-priced plans and offers available in your area.
Take shorter showers
Long and hot showers waste both water and energy. Try to take shorter or cold showers or consider drawing a bath.
When washing the dishes or laundry, ensure to run your dishwasher or washing machine at a full load. Running these appliances with a partial load uses more energy and water per item than necessary. Save further by running these appliances during off-peak hours.
Lower your energy consumption by using cold water to do the laundry or dishes.
Line dry clothes
If the weather is appropriate, line-dry your clothes in the sun.
Turn off lights
Become mindful of your everyday energy consumption habits and make the effort to turn off appliances when not in use. Remember to turn off the lights before leaving the house.
Unplug phantom devices
When plugged in to electricity but not in use, devices switch to standby mode and continue consuming electricity. Televisions, coffee machines, microwaves, and phone chargers are all examples of these phantom devices. Make sure to unplug these devices after use.
Fix leaking taps
Fixing your leaking taps is a simple solution to avoid water wastage. It can be done yourself, or by a local plumber.
Use the microwave
The oven requires a considerable amount of energy to preheat and bake. A microwave is an energy-efficient alternative for heating and cooking food. Crockpots and toaster ovens are other energy-saving alternatives to heat your food.
Clean & replace air filters
A HVAC system is unable to work efficiently if it’s air filters are clogged with dirt and dust. Regularly clean your air filters to ensure effective as well as healthy airflow. Routinely clean the dishwasher and washing machine filters also.
Overusing the air conditioning to cool your house will inevitably drive up your energy bills. Turn on the ceiling fans for efficient and economical cooling and turn down your air conditioner.
Stock up your fridge
A fridge requires less electricity to keep solids and liquid cold in comparison to empty space. Keep your refrigerator stocked to maximise energy efficiency. Check the door seals to ensure they are airtight and replace them when required.