With the rising energy costs and the rise of global gas prices, it is now more important than ever to make your home as energy efficient as possible.
Here are some tips on how you can reduce your energy consumption and save money this winter (that can also help the environment!)
1. Switch to LED light bulbs
LED light bulbs tend to be more brighter and energy efficient than traditional incandescent light bulbs, which means they'll help you save on your energy bills. Did you know that LED bulbs can also last 3-5 times longer than CFLs? Making the switch to LED bulbs if you haven't yet is a great way to save energy and money.
2. Install a programmable thermostat
A smart thermostat can help you better regulate the temperature in your home, which can lead to lower energy bills. By setting your thermostat to automatically lower the temperature when you're not home, or when everyone is asleep, you can save a significant amount of money on your energy bill each month.
3. Seal air leaks around your doors and windows
For older homes, your home will likely have drafts or gaps where air can enter and leave. These need to be sealed to keep your home warm and reduce the amount of heat you’re losing. You can do this yourself with some weatherstripping or caulk, or you can hire a professional to do it for you.
4. Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible
Washing your clothes in warm or hot water can use up a lot of energy, so if you can wash in cold water instead, you'll save money on your energy bill. This is especially true for larger loads of laundry. Plus, it can help your clothes last much longer.
5. Hang dry your clothes instead of using the dryer
Whenever possible, try to hang dry your clothes instead of using the dryer. The sun and fresh air will naturally dry your clothes, and it doesn't use any energy. If you have to use the dryer, make sure to clean the lint filter before each use as a blocked filter can make the dryer work less efficiently.
5. Unplug electronics when not in use
Even when electronics are turned off, they can still use energy if they're plugged in. So, unplugging electronics when you're not using them can help save money on your electricity bill. This is especially true for devices that have a standby mode, like computers or TVs.
6. Insulate your attic and basement
If your home is older, chances are it doesn't have as much insulation as newer homes. Adding insulation to your attic and basement can help keep heat in and lower your energy bills. You can either do this yourself or hire a professional to do it for you.
7. Use a space heater instead of central heating
Space heaters are a great way to save money on your energy bill because you can heat only the room you're using instead of your entire house. Just make sure your space heater is energy efficient, and remember to turn off the space heater when you leave the room and never leave it unattended.
7. Use energy-efficient appliances
If your appliances are old, they may not be as energy efficient as newer models. Replacing old appliances with energy-efficient models can help you save money on your energy bills. Look for any energy labels when shopping for new appliances.
8. Replace your windows
Windows can actually make a huge difference to your insulation. If your windows are old and drafty, they could be costing you a lot of money on your energy bills. Replacing your windows with energy-efficient ones can help keep heat in and lower your energy costs.
9. Take shorter showers
Showers can actually use a lot of energy, so if you can take shorter showers, you'll save money on your energy bill. This is especially true if you have a tankless water heater. Taking shorter showers will also help you save on your water bill.
10. Invest in solar energy panels
Solar energy panels are a great way to save money on your energy bill and help the environment. More and more people are installing them in order to convert sunlight into electricity, which can then be used to power your home. Solar panels can be used to supplement your existing power source or can be used as your primary power source. either way, you'll save money on your energy bills.
9. Get an energy efficiency audit or certificate
An energy efficiency audit or certificate can help you save money on your energy bills. An auditor will come to your home and check for ways you can improve your energy efficiency. They may recommend things like sealing air leaks, adding insulation, or replacing windows. You can then use their recommendations to make changes to your home and save money on your energy. Whilst it can be a costly initial amount, knowing what changes you can make to your home will save a lot on your high energy bills in the long run!
We hope this simple energy advice can be helpful to you.
It can be an incredibly stressful time right now but there are some small ways to lower your consumption of energy to save money that can also help out the environment at the same time.
Be sure to contact your energy supplier/energy company to find out more ways to save on your energy bill. They may have additional tips or programs that can help you lower your energy usage or provide extra support with bills.
Thank you for reading and be sure to stay safe and healthy!