In today’s world we all use a huge amount of energy to power our lifestyles and our homes. Unfortunately, the cost of energy contributes significantly to our monthly bills, and many people are on the lookout for companies who supply power for less. Here are some simple ways to reduce power usage in your home.
If you are partial to a hot cup of coffee or tea – and who isn’t? – just make sure that you don’t overfill the kettle. There is no point wasting energy by boiling more than you have to. You could also try buying an eco-kettle, which may cost you now but could save money later on. These kettles keep water in a separate reservoir and you can choose exactly how much will be boiled in a different part of the system.
If you don’t want to take the extreme measure of going back to the good life and using fewer appliances, why not turn them off when they aren’t being used? Computers, printers, lamps, TVs, DVD players and sound systems have standby modes which do use up a bit of power. Turn off your oven when you aren’t cooking and remember to unplug devices after charging. If it is time to upgrade your appliances, seriously consider buying more energy efficient models.
Washing machines these days are designed to work well with cold water, so limit the hot or warm cycles that you use.
Obviously, hanging your clothes out to dry is free, but in wet weather and at busy times the dryer is a welcome alternative. Make sure it is filled well, but not to the point where the clothes will take too long to dry. Be consistent about emptying the lint collector too, as the build-up of fluff can inhibit the expelling of moist air, and the clothes will stay wetter for longer as your power bill increases.
Washing dishes by hand is economical and you can control how much hot water you use. If you prefer to use your dishwasher then wait until it is full first (unless you have a half-load option), so that you aren’t wasting power and hot water on multiple small loads.
Showers can use less power than baths, so think about saving up a nice hot bath for a time when you need to relax. Keep showers short if you are serious about saving, and try an economical shower head with lower pressure.
The most effective way of reducing power bills is by insulating the ceilings, walls and floors of your home. Double-glazed windows are helpful, as well as blocking gaps between doors and the floor to stop cold air passing through. Keep your hot water cylinder and pipes insulated too. Home renovation is an expensive mission to embark upon, but insulating these areas bit by bit will get you there, and grants are sometimes available to help with costs.
Think about how much you use heaters, thermostats, heat pumps and air conditioning. Lower the temperature in your house slightly, and if you are still comfortable, try reducing it again until you find a good temperature you can live with that is lower than what you have now.
Try saving money with these tips, and then you can decide what to do with the cash you have saved!