Energy Saving Tips

Reducing your energy consumption isn’t just good for the environment, but it’s good for your pocket too! That’s why we’ve compiled a list of several simple things you can do to reduce your electric bill’s impact on your wallet, as well as your impact on the environment:

Things You Can Do to Lower Your Consumption
  1. Turn off the lights!
  2. This is the simple one! When you leave a room, turn off the lights! It’s as easy as that. A simple step like this will save you a lot of money in the long run, and it’s effortless to do!
  3. Set things on standby! Or unplug it all together!
  4. If you’re not using something, set it to turn off by itself. It doesn’t make sense to have something on when it’s not necessary. Even better, if you’re not using something, unplug it altogether! Did you know that even when devices are “off” they still pull electricity from the outlet? Each device doesn’t pull a lot, but think about all the phone and device chargers you have, your computer, and everything else that's plugged into a wall. Add all the energy consumed up and it can be equal to leaving several light bulbs on all day for the entire month!
  5. Turn down your thermostat and water heater
  6. Just one degree can cut your heater’s energy consumption by 7%! In addition to this, consider washing your clothes at cooler temperatures. Washing your clothes in cold water rather than hot can cut your energy consumption by a third! Finally, most water heaters now have the option to go on standby when not in use, or during hours when most people are not home. Set up this option and watch your savings grow!
  7. Defrost your fridge
  8. If your freezer is full of ice, it takes extra energy to keep it running since the air is not circulating through it properly. Extra work means extra energy! Unplug your refrigerator for a day, and let it return back to normal!
  9. Take showers
  10. Showers use a lot less energy than a bath. They use less water which means you save on water and the energy used heating it up!
Some Purchases to Optimise Your Energy Consumption
  1. Install energy-saving bulbs
  2. They’re more expensive from the get go, but they use less energy in the long-run and have a longer lifespan. Think of it as an investment, if they’re not required by law in your area already!
  3. Buy energy efficient appliances
  4. Household appliances carry a label displaying their energy class and power consumption. When buying new appliances, consider going with the energy efficient ones. Again, although the starting price is higher, the investment is generally quickly made up for through greatly reduced electricity bills.
  5. Consider going for sustainable development
  6. If you have the budget to make home improvements, invest in insulating your walls, doors, floors and roofs to avoid wasting energy. This will keep your home more comfortable and greatly reduce your electricity bill. You can also invest in more energy-efficient heating systems. Most of the time, there are even grants and subsidies that can be redeemed from these improvements!

Author: Roomlala