Reducing the overall use of power in your home is the quickest way to save money and energy, not only improving your bank balance but helping the environment too. Being energy savvy is like adding a clean energy source to the national grid.
This money saving guide, shows you just how easily you can cut the energy use in your home, and also on the road. Practical solutions to every day situations, helping to reduce our dependency on imports of energy has a nation and our own ecological impact foot print.
Energy efficiency is a state of mind, get into the habit of saving here and there to really save money. Both simple steps like air drying your clothes, instead of using the tumbler dryer, to bigger steps, like investing in new windows. Bigger investments like wall and window installations are long-term savings ideas. That not only save money, but also add value to your home.
Americans are the biggest consumers of power, they use on average 4,500 kwh per year each in their homes. In the UK we use just below 2,000 kwh. Over half as much, but there are always improvements which can be made.
Your homes energy system is interdependent, a vast network of interlinking cogs. A whole home approach too energy savings, is the best way forward to reaping the biggest rewards.
Easy low-cost and no-cost ways to save energy
Turn your thermostat down a few degrees, both heating and water wise. Make sure you have a fully controllable heating or cooling system, in your home.
Never use an air drying programme to dry the dishes. There is no clear winner for eco friendliness when it comes to washing dishes, but always us the eco setting to wash dishes. Remember to always wash full loads of both clothes & dishes.
Do not rely on stand by, turn things off when they are not in use or you are not in the room. Ensure all things electrical are turned off while you are away for holidays. On average 10% of the energy used to power a home appliance is used to keep it on stand by. There are times it can cost you more to leave stand by on, then it would when you are actually using the item.
Never have your hot water set to now more than 48°C, the human body is 37°C. Anything too high is a waste of both water and heat.
Take short showers instead of baths, and use low flow shower heads. A shower can us around 30 litres, compared to the average of 80 for a bath. Saving both money on water, and the heat used to heat it.
Use the power of nature when it comes to drying your clothes. Dry clothes with air, outdoor or indoor. Never use a tumble dryer. This can save you on average, 370 kwh per year saving you around £100 a year.
All windows and doors, should be shut when using air cooling or heating system. Makes sure your windows are efficient. Contact us about any window advice.
Drive sensibly; aggressive driving such as speeding, and rapid acceleration and braking, wastes fuel. Speeding, rapid acceleration and breaking increase fuel consumption.
Use energy saving bulbs and appliances as often as possible. Did you know they are more effective and last up to 15 times longer. A great little way to make a difference.
This tip, involves ditching the car! Walk as many trips as you can, to reduce fuel consumption. Get fit and healthy, while saving money. Buddy up, on school runs or trips to the supermarket to save costs.