Be Energy Efficient And Save Money

When you are trying to find ways to save money every month , it is a good idea to look around your home to see where you can make energy efficient adjustments.

You would be surprised how making your home energy efficient will reduce your lighting and heating bills as well as reducing your carbon signature on the environment. You could very easily save over £300 a year on these bills. Here are a few ways you can save money by making your home more energy efficient .

 
1. Take a look at how your home is insulated, as half of the heat in your home is lost through the walls and the roof. Insulating your loft and cavity walls with insulation that is at least 270 millimeters thick could save you up to £180 a year in heating bills.

2. Turn off your appliances when you are not using them instead of leaving them on standby. If you have to, unplug the item to make sure it is not using energy. If the item has a power pack that is still lit even though it is turned off, unplug it to keep it from drawing energy.

3. Buy appliances and household items such as light bulbs that are energy efficient when you need to replace these items. Contrary to popular belief, they are not more expensive than their less energy efficient counterparts.

4. Replace your old boiler and heating system with a high-efficiency one. The energy one household saves each year provides enough to heat and power an additional two million homes. By replacing a ten year old boiler, you are reducing your energy consumption by one third. Additionally, turning your heating down by one degree will reduce your energy consumption by ten percent.

There are also things you can do in the kitchen and around the house to help reduce the energy that you use and many people do not realise this makes an impact. You can:

• Change the way you cook. Boil only the amount of water you need in a kettle and cover your pots and pans when cooking to speed the process. Defrost your freezer on a regular basis and use the microwave to heat up a plate of food.

• Wash your clothing in cold water. It will wash your clothing just as well as if you used hot water. Run your washer and dishwasher only when you have full loads, and if you can hang dry your clothing outside, do it instead of using the dryer.

• If you have an immersion heater, turn the temperature down by one degree. It will make a difference on your energy bill and you will not notice the difference in the heating.

 

• Use energy efficient light bulbs. Adding just three bulbs to your home will make a difference, and if everyone in the United Kingdom did this it would save a considerable amount of energy, enough to light all the countries street lights. Also, turn off the lights when you leave a room or when you go out.

 




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