Making your home more energy efficient can be done by following some of our simple steps below and has many benefits such as savings on water and electricity bills and causing a smaller carbon print on the Earth. You may have to spend a bit now to make some small changes but you will definitely gain in the long run.
Being more energy efficient is a win-win situation.
Living Room, Bedroom & Other Living Areas
We’ll start off with the living room and bedrooms, here there are plenty of ways to start saving energy.
It’s highly recommended to switch all your lightbulbs to LED bulbs, even though they are a lot more expensive, they consume a much small percentage of electricity of what your older bulbs would use. They will also last a lot longer and they do not give off any heat. Changing all your bulbs to LED throughout the house will pay for itself in the long run.
Some other useful tips:
- Switch off all appliances not in use off at the main socket, whilst in standby they are still consuming a bit of electricity which adds up over the year.
- Switch fans off when not in the room, they cool people down, not rooms.
- If you still have the old type of air conditioners that use a lot of energy, it’s time to think about changing them to the silent units that consume a very small amount of electricity.
- We all have plenty of remote controls lying around that use a lot of batteries, they’re not the biggest consumer of energy but switching to rechargeable batteries but it is a good green initiative.
Energy Efficiency Tips for the Bathroom
The biggest energy savings can be made from the water supply of the bathroom, take a closer look at the following:
- High Efficiency Shower Heads – Most older type of shower heads will use 10 liters per minute of water whilst the newer type will use around half of that without reducing pressure.
- High Efficiency Faucets – Just as important as changing the shower head is changing the faucets. The new high efficiency faucets are a cheap upgrade and are designed to keep pressure high while reducing the flow.
- Low Flow Toilets – Nearly all toilets these days are fitted with a dual flushing system so you can flush according to your needs but for those who still have the older one full system it would be a good idea to upgrade your flushing system or to use a tank bag. The tank bag simply displaces water from the tank to reduce the amount required to fill.
- Bathroom Lighting – Most bathrooms have too many lightbulbs and tend to be a bit too bright. If you haven’t already done so, we recommend switching to LED lightbulbs or removing a few bulbs to reduce electricity consumption.
How to Create a More Energy Efficient Kitchen
The kitchen is usually the busiest place in the household and there are lot of energy savings points to be made here too:
- Fridge – You can start off by looking at your fridge, see that the seals are in good condition. If cold air is leaking out through damaged seals, the pump will have to work harder to keep the fridge cool. Try and keep the fridge full as much as possible even if it’s with bottles of drinks, this helps reduce it warming faster when the door is open and closed.
- Dishwasher – Most modern dishwashers have improved in energy efficiency in the last few years but it’s still very important to make sure you have the right settings on for the load placed inside. For those of you who do not have a dishwasher, make sure to install high efficiency faucets.
- Microwave – Having a microwave is a great way for heating up food fast, in fact they are the most energy efficient too.
Energy Efficiency Tips for the Laundry Room
Nowadays most of new washing machines and tumble dryers are energy saving and will be make a huge impact on your energy bills. Once again the price invested will eventually be returned.
Washing Machine – Since advances have been made in the formula of washing detergents, most loads can be washed in the washing machine at low temperatures giving you further savings on heating water.
Tumble Dryer – Where possible, you will always benefit if you have the option to hang your clothes to dry naturally but we don’t always have that option. Make sure your filters are clean, the ventilation pipe has a clear exit and you put the correct timer on to prevent over running.