3 Ways To Lower Your Home’s Energy Bill

It is common to be alarmed by the rising costs of your household’s energy bill. In most cases, these high costs are easily avoidable. It may be time to re-examine how and when you use electricity.

You don’t need to make major changes to your lifestyle in order to cut your electricity bill in half. There are many easy steps you can take to achieve an energy efficient home. All of the little things can make a huge difference.

Here are some simple tips…

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1: Save on Heating and Lighting

Heating accounts for a huge amount of household energy consumption during colder months.

Turning your radiator down a notch or keeping your gas fireplace at a low temperature can make a significant difference to your home’s energy bill.

A useful energy saving tip is to program your gas fire or heat pump to turn on 30 minutes before you wake up in the morning at a low temperature. You can also program it to turn off at a particular time once the room is warmed up. This is much cheaper than blasting it at a high temperature when you wake up.

The most important thing is to keep all the cold air out of your home. Make sure to block any draughts from doors and windows. A good set of blinds or thermal curtains will allow you to keep the warmth in when it gets dark, and take advantage of natural light during the day,

Turning off the lights when they’re not needed is one of the easiest ways to lower your energy bill. If you’re not in the room, turn off the light. The type of lighting installed in your home can also reduce the costs of lighting. Might be time to head to the local store to upgrade your bulbs.

2: Reduce Hot Water Use

Using hot water for various purposes takes up a lot of energy in most households. 

It’s essential to break the habit of long showers if you want an energy efficient home. It’s also important to use an efficient shower head – one that still gives you a comfortable shower, but uses less water.

Heating water takes up about 90% of the energy of your washing machine. Doing a cold wash is the perfect solution to this problem. Most modern washing machines work well using cold water unless you have a particularly dirty load. If you do use hot water, it’s essential that you wash with a full load of laundry to minimise the amount of water used. The same concept applies to the dishwasher. Most of the energy used by your dishwasher goes towards heating water. You can minimise the drain by turning off the heat dry feature and filling up the machine completely.

Turn Off Electronics & Appliances

One of the easiest ways to save on your energy bill is to turn off electronics and appliances when they’re not being used. Leaving home electronics on standby is a huge waste of energy. This includes everything from computers, televisions, stereos, DVD players and PlayStations to kitchen appliances. An easy solution to this problem is to plug all your electronics into power strips and turn them off between use. Before you go to bed each night, do a sweep of all of your appliances that don’t need to be on, and turn them off.

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Johanna Cider is a New Zealand based writer with a passion for writing about technology, storage, home design and interiors. https://johannacider.tumblr.com/

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