Here are some top tips on how to save energy at home:
10 Ways to Save Energy at Home
Turn It down
Seal It Up
Were you aware that 35% of heat escapes through uninsulated walls? Using regular kitchen foil, you can save energy by reflecting heat from your heaters back into your home!
Cranking your thermostat from 21 to 22 degrees Celsius won’t just cost you an extra $130 per year – it’ll be a massive waste of energy, which isn’t great if you’re trying to ‘go green.’
If you’re feeling a little chilly, just leave your over door open for a while after you’ve finished cooking dinner. This will spread heat through your home without using additional energy.
A very common way to save energy around the home is to switch to fluorescent light bulbs. These bulbs are generally 75% more efficient than old-style incandescent bulbs.
Roughly 15% of heat gets lost through gaps in your doors and windows. Make sure you seal any obvious gaps and use a draught excluder to keep the heat where it needs to be.
Heating the water in your washing machine to 40 degrees instead of 30 takes a lot more energy. Just by lowering the temperature, you’ll lower your bills.
Believe it or not, one of the best ways to save energy in the kitchen is to use the microwave. They’re much more efficient than ovens or cooktops – and they’re great when you’re in a rush.
Old, inefficient appliances can often be a big problem for your energy bill. Using an oven with a five-star energy rating will use a lot less energy than a lower-rated appliance.
Shut Your Curtains
During winter, curtains that are properly hung can reduce heat loss by around 10%. That’ll help you keep warm without keeping the heater on all day.
Part Fill the Kettle
If you’re just making yourself a cup of tea, there’s no reason to boil a whole jug. Filling it to the brim could be costing you up to $35 per year.
We usually use more energy during the chilly winter months, but you don’t have to wait for them to roll around before you start making changes. All year ‘round, you can be doing your part for the environment. Just remember that small changes add up to big differences in the long run when you’re trying to save energy at home.