- 29 April, 2016
- Energy, Saving, Tips, Energy Efficiency
Energy Saving at Home
The following tips will help you improve your home’s energy efficiency, making it more economical to run and assisting to reduce your electricity, gas and water bills. Talk with your family or flatmates about the tips outlined below and come up with an action plan for what you can do to reduce your energy bills and make the house more comfortable.
Switch off lights when not in use and change to energy efficient light bulbs; these two actions will help you reduce your power bills. Leaving outdoor lights on for long periods can double the lighting component of your electricity bill. Smart use of sensors and timers, particularly outdoors, can ensure that lights are only on when needed.
Let in natural light. Natural lighting is free; make the most of it. Open blinds and curtains to let in natural light rather than turning on lights. Remember to close them at the end of the day to retain the heat in the house.
Reach for the stars when buying new appliances, whether for the kitchen, the laundry or the living room, look for the energy rating label. The label gives the appliance a star rating, the greater the number of stars the higher the efficiency.
Heating and Cooling
Are the largest energy consuming activities in a home, but it doesn’t take much to reduce their impact.
Before turning on the heater, put on a jumper, warm pants, socks and slippers. By dressing appropriately for the weather you reduce the need for turning on the heater or air-conditioner. Your body loses most heat through exposed skin, your head, hands and feet.
Heated throw rugs are like an electric blanket for when you’re sitting. They use very little electricity when plugged into the wall and provide a lovely warmth right next to you. Remember to turn the heating right down when snuggling under these.
A cold timber, concrete or tiled floor without underfloor heating can make you feel cold from the feet up. In winter, use rugs on these surfaces so they feel warm underfoot
Zone heating is one of the most effective ways to contain your heating bills. Only heat rooms you are using, and keep the heat in by keeping doors and windows, including internal and external blinds, closed. Leaving windows even slightly open can significantly increase costs, especially if there are air leaks on opposite sides of the house or on the ground floor/first storey; this creates a suction effect that multiplies air leakage.