We’re constantly told that we need to conserve our energy use if we want to save the planet – but beyond turning appliances off at the plug socket rather than leaving them on standby what do we really know that can help us save energy, and in turn, help get our energy bills down.
I mean, we all care about the planet, but I think a great deal more of us care about shaving those pounds off some of our bills.
Here are some top tips for keeping your home running like a well-oiled, energy-saving machine!
Insulation for the nation
Did you know that the most heat lost within your home escapes through your roof and walls? Well, you do now. Though they may seem like nothing can pass through their impenetrable walls you lose 35% of heat in your home with uninsulated walls and 25% through an uninsulated roof.
Insulating your home may seem like an expensive job to undertake, but it’s always useful to remember that what you spend in the short term you will make back and then some in the long run!
A truly innovative lightbulb moment
The use of energy saving lightbulbs really cannot be overstated, a cheap solution and can save you a great deal on your energy bills. Not only do they cost a pittance, they also last 25 times long than your standing halogen bulbs. Little cost for a big saving – what’s not to love?
If you don’t want to compromise on the design of your home’s interior, then we recommend the stylish energy saving light bulbs from Urban Cottage Industries – there are a range of bulbs to choose from so you can save the planet in style.
Is your fridge running? Better go catch it
You may not realise it, but your fridge will always be on even when you’re not using it. The little light may be off, but believe you me, it will still be burning a hell of a lot of energy and can prove to be one of the most expensive appliances in your home to run.
Granted, you don’t want to be switching off your fridge but what you should be doing is making sure it’s running at the best temperature – which will tend to be 4 degrees Celsius. For freezers it should be 16 degrees.
If you’re one of those lucky people that can have more refrigerating appliances in your home, be sure to turn that off when it’s not in use.
Be thermostat savvy
Did you know that for every degree above 20 degrees you go, you add a whopping 10% onto your energy bill? I bet you’ll think of that next time you decide to crank it up by 5 degrees when you feel a bit of a chill. Keeping the temperature around 19 degrees is the best way to go.
There is also a massive range of smart thermostats out there that can make sure your home is only heated when you need it to be – there’s nothing worse than knowing you’re burning through your heating allowance because you didn’t think you’d be home late!
Follow these fool proof tips and you’ll be guaranteed to shave those pesky pound coins off your heating bill, and you’ll be doing your bit to save the planet – what’s not to love?