Successful homemakers understand how the home operates and makes the most efficient choices to maintain comfort levels and keep the costs down. Saving on energy is an important part of this endeavor. You can save money easily on your power bills by following a few simple practices and making the most energy efficient choices for your appliances.
TURN OFF APPLIANCES
The first step to saving money on your energy is to learn about efficiency. Efficiency matters because it’s the fastest and cheapest way to counteract waste – it is also one of the easiest things to implement. Efficiency applies to electricity and gas.
Make sure any appliances in your home are switched off at the mains. You probably have some appliances on stand by a lot, such as the kettle and the TV. When you aren’t using them switch them off at the mains to prevent wastage and save money.
INSTALL A THERMOSTAT
If you don’t have a thermostat in your home it’s time to get one. Having a thermostat is the fastest route to energy efficiency in your home. Think of it as an investment. Installing a thermostat allows you to monitor and control your energy usage.
Most modern thermostats have a range of smart features that help you save even more money on your energy bills. They can, for instance, learn how long it takes to heat your home based on the outside temperature and switch on and off according to their settings.
BUY EFFICIENT APPLIANCES
If you have a kettle, a dishwasher, a washing machine, or a fridge freezer that’s in good working order, there’s no point in scraping it. It may be a little less efficient than the latest models but you will spend more on a new unit than you will save in the long run.
Wait until it’s time to replace your appliances then make energy efficiency your top priority when it comes to replacing them. The good news is that energy efficiency is the top priority of many manufactures now, so buying the right one should be easy.
INSTALL A NEW FURNACE
Some homes use boilers for their central heating system, others use a furnace. Regardless of what you have installed in your home, it’s a good idea to upgrade it. Unlike appliances, upgrading your furnace can save you significant sums on your energy bills immediately.
If you don’t want to replace the furnace with a newer model for some reason, you still have some options. You can, for instance, upgrade parts of an existing boiler with a furnace heat exchanger, which will make your central heating system cheaper and more energy efficient.
INSTALL DOUBLE GLAZING
It’s the simple things that help you save the most on your energy bills. Switching off lights and appliances, turning off stand-by appliances, and insulating your home from the cold weather outside. The majority of a home’s heat is lost through the windows, so think about double glazing.
Double glazing, or triple glazing if you prefer, creates a double or triple layer of glass that protects your home from the cold by trapping the air. Support your double glazed windows by hanging heavy curtains and controlling the interior heat.
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