Saving energy in your home doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. There are a number of small changes to both your lifestyle and property that can be made quickly and easily.
Here are our seven top simple ways of saving energy in your home. Many of these can be carried out very quickly, meaning that you can reap the rewards they bring in no time at all.
1) Block your chimney
If you have an open fireplace in your home, your chimney could be costing you significant amount of money in lost heat. An unblocked chimney allows heat to escape and draughts to enter your home. By blocking it up when it isn’t in use, this can be prevented entirely. There are a number of different methods of doing this available, from chimney balloons to specialised fire-guards.
2) Shower smart
Taking showers is much more energy efficient than bathing. A shower not only uses less water, but requires less energy to heat the water. Keep in mind that power showers can still use more water than required. By turning the pressure down, a massive amount of water can be saved, without noticing too much difference.
3) Switch your thermostat down
Turning down your thermostat by just one degree can have a massive effect on your overall heating cost, especially over a full year. By inspecting and bleeding your radiators regularly, you can ensure they are working at full efficiency. Never leave your radiators turned on when you leave the house.
4) Ditch the tumble dryer
Tumble dryers are expensive to run and completely unnecessary if you have the means to air-dry your clothing. Invest in drying racks and save 100% of the energy you would usually be paying for.
5) Energy efficient lightbulbs
Energy efficient light bulbs have come a long way since they were first introduced. Modern variants produce as much light as traditional incandescent bulbs and even look similar. They last much longer, up to ten years in some cases, so you will also save money on the cost of replacing them.
6) Defrost your freezer
An icy freezer is an energy inefficient freezer. If you let ice levels build up, they can prevent the door from closing properly. This means that cold air will escape and your freezer will have to work extra hard to replace it. Defrost it regularly to ensure this doesn’t happen. Additionally, you can purchase a fridge thermometer, to ensure your appliance is set to the correct temperature; many people are unaware that they have theirs set far too low. This can be costly.
7) Fill your dishwasher
Ensure that your dishwasher is completely full before turning it on. Your appliance will use the same amount of energy no matter how full it is; by using it to wash half-loads, water and energy are wasted.
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