Many people are beginning to see the benefits of saving energy in the home; not only are our bills rising each year, but the environment is suffering too. Saving energy is therefore not only preserving the environment from the harmful effects of energy production, but also meaning your bills will be much lower too.
Changing how you use electrical items in your home is one of the easiest to do, although there are a wide range of ways you can reduce your energy consumption. Leaving electrical appliances such as televisions, CD players and games consoles on standby still uses power needlessly, so remembering to switch them off properly when they’re no longer in use can make a difference and won’t be a dramatic change to your daily routine. Even very minor and inexpensive changes to your household – such as switching to the energy-efficient light bulbs – can make a difference.
If you wash your clothes at a temperature ten degrees cooler than normal, you can save up to 40% of the energy – imagine how much doing this every wash can save you when it comes to your energy bills. Another great feature of many washing machines (Cardiff Washing Machines as an example) is that they have a shorter spin cycle for lightly soiled or daily washes that uses less energy – once your clothes are clean, why not put them on the washing line rather than the energy-guzzling tumble dryer?
One thing that is crucial to preserving energy within the home is checking you haven’t got any unnecessary draughts. While people remember many of the obvious areas such as door and window seals, less noticeable areas such as cat flaps and letterboxes are often overlooked but can still be a source of lost heat. Improving or adding insulation to your walls and loft space is a remarkably effective way to preserve heat in your home – by ensuring you aren’t using heat that could have been retained with better insulation – and relatively inexpensive, as well as the fact that some households can get a grant towards the price.
Of course alongside these easy, minor changes are larger-scale alterations that can affect your energy consumption – for example, if you change your boiler to a new model with a better energy rating it is very cost-effective – but no matter how big your adjustments are, they will begin to make a difference to how much energy you use and therefore how much you pay.