What Can I Do To Save Energy In My Home?

Everybody has become more conscious of their carbon footprint and one of the best ways for us to individually reduce our effect on the environment is to try and save energy in our homes. As an added benefit, saving energy at home saves us money, as well as saving the planet.

Replace all of your old light bulbs

Replace all of your old light bulbs with new, energy-efficient ones. The old halogen bulbs are incredibly wasteful, with about 90% of the energy used being burnt off in the heat.

Fixing any drafts in your house

Most houses, especially old ones, lose a lot of their heat through unnecessary drafts. By just closing these off, you can save energy.

Insulating your house

While this is can be more of an investment compared to the other options, the long term savings of installing good insulation are massive in comparison.

Turn off unused appliances

Ensure that you turn off all unused appliances and do not leave them on standby. Appliances on standby can account for between 5-10% of daily electricity consumption, for nothing.

Lower the temperature of your hot water system

Many people have their hot water tank temperature up higher than they need, effectively wasting those extra degrees of heat for no gain. Ask your plumber to set your gas or electric storage hot water system to 60 degrees celsius.

Buy energy-efficient appliances

Nowadays, you can get appliances that use far less energy than even ones made ten years ago. Check when you buy a new appliance that it has a good energy rating.