Not changing energy suppliers is something that most people are guilty of. Probably because it feels like it’s going to take lots of effort and messing around. But in reality all it takes is a couple of minutes online, (or a few phone calls), and you could save yourself a good amount of money each year. There are multiple ways you can make your home more energy efficient, which not only benefit your pockets, but the environment too.
Make your home more energy efficient
There can be an expense when it comes to making your home more energy efficient, but the costs in the long term are minuscule, and they mount up to savings in the long-term too… Especially if you plan on living in your home for the foreseeable future.
Be aware of what you’re using
Using a smart meter or asking your energy supplier for an audit can show you where you use most energy. This, in turn can encourage cutbacks if needed. You could also be wasting a lot of energy that you don’t know about. (It’s scary how much energy hairdryers and tumble dryers use)!
Make your home a little smarter
Like above, smart meters can help you become aware of where you’re spending the most money. They allow you to cut back if you can, and are a great tool to help you reduce your energy consumption. You could also try a Smart Strip Surge Protector which can be really clever at cutting your devices off if they’ve not been used for a long time. They are a great way of making your home more energy efficient. Turning the heating on and off from your phone can also ensure you’re not using it wastefully. It also means that if you forget to turn it off when you’ve left for the day, you can do so easily.
When was the last time you replaced your washing machine, oven, microwave, refrigerator or television? Really old devices can eat up a lot of energy which is really wasteful. So ensure that you’re using it efficiently with appliances that have an Energy Star seal of approval. Your kettle also uses up a shed load of energy, so ensuring they work efficiently can really make a difference. We use a one cup instead, as they just boil one cup’s worth of water at a time.
Make the switch to LED
If you haven’t already made the switch from traditional incandescent light bulbs to LED bulbs, now is the time to do it. For a quick and easy way of making your home more energy efficient, LED bulbs are the way to go! They might be more expensive to buy, but they’ll burn brighter for longer. They use less energy to run them, and emit less heat too. Remember to make the change in all your lights… Even the small ones you might forget about like bathroom uplights or under cabinet lights in the kitchen. We switched to LED bulbs around 6 years ago, and I haven’t changed a single bulb since!
By far the biggest expense you’ll see, but by far the biggest return! When it comes to your energy bills in the future, solar panels will quickly show reductions. The amazing thing is, if your home is generating more energy than you’re using, you can sell what’s been created to the big energy companies.
Fix drafts and cracks
It’s important that your home keeps the cold air out and the warm air in. You can help ensure this by keeping on top of cracks in the wall and fixing any cold drafts through sealing holes etc. They can make a big difference to the warmth of the house, and ensures that the heating that you’re paying for isn’t escaping out of the house too.
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