Getting to grips with conserving and maintaining energy usage in your home is a lot easier than you think. Simple changes over time can help prevent wasting precious energy usage and lower your carbon footprint. When you think that most electricity is generated from power plants that burn and use fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas and they produce pollutants like carbon dioxide which is harmful to our environment. Simple changes in the way you use energy can dramatically reduce the demand on these power plants and save you money in the process.
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- Get the whole family on-board and make it fun and exciting by making charts, get the kids involved by letting them get creative with posters and handy signs around the house to remind yourselves about turning that light of or removing that left on plug.
- Hot water is one of the biggest ways in which we waste energy every year, you might not realize this but it consumes 14-25% of your home’s energy, and is great start on your energy saving goal. You should keep your boiler set to 120 which is roughly 50 and wrap your water tank with an insulating thermal blanket if it’s an older model that isn’t already insulated. Did you know that for every 10C that you reduce the temperature, you can save 3-5% on your heating bill? You can reduce your hot water usage dramatically by installing low-flow shower heads and aerate kitchen taps, by not taking long showers, using dishwashers only when there full, using economy settings on your washers and turning off the taps when washing your hands.
- Turning the lights off when they are not needed is another way to save energy. Lights can consume about 10% of your home’s electricity. Switching to more energy efficient bulbs is the best way to go if you just can’t live without the lights left on, there are many available on today’s market and are just as good as a standard light bulb with an assortment of fluorescent or LED bulbs on offer. These bulbs use 75-80% less electricity and last a lot longer. Remind everyone in your home to turn the lights off when leaving a room and take advantage of natural sun light to brighten your rooms. Even keeping lights free from dust can help save energy improving their performance.
- Another beneficial way to save energy is not to leave TVs, DVD’s and other electrical devices on standby when not in use and turn off the power at the socket before you go to bed this not only helps reduce energy but also helps prevent fire risks. If you are wishing to purchase a new TV etc. look for the most energy efficient models that are on the market that use LED screens rather than LCD’s. By completing these simple steps you can save up to up to 438KWH each year.
- You probably never thought that cooking alone can use up vast amounts of energy in your home. Try using your oven less when warming up food and if possible use the microwave this alone uses 70-80% less energy than a conventional cooker and if you must have to use the cooker try not to leave the oven door ajar for too long when your wanting a quick peep to see how your meals cooking. Remember to cook with the lids on your pans and cookware this helps reduce cooking time so less energy will be used.[/checklist]
No-one can change their lifetime’s habits overnight but with these simple energy conserving tips you can make a difference to our planet, making our planet a greener and safer place to live for future generations.