For everyone, a major expense is the energy bill. Cutting down your power consumption at home is easy by making just a few small changes in your lifestyle. Not only will you do your bit to save planet Earth, but closer home, you will begin to pay a lower energy bill. Here are 10 tips that will help reduce your power usage at home and save you good money too.
1. Install compact fluorescent light bulbs
The benefit of using compact fluorescent bulbs is that though they give out as much light as conventional light bulbs, yet they consume just 20 percent of the electricity to achieve this. They are also value for money as they last six times longer than their incandescent counterparts.
2. Shine your walkway with solar-powered lights
You can have enough lighting on your walkway and not worry about the cost if you use solar-powered lights. During the day, these lights absorb the sun’s rays through photo voltaic cells and turn on automatically at the end of the day.
3. Make your refrigerator less power-hungry
Your refrigerator can be an efficient kitchen appliance if you reduce its temperature to 37 degrees or thereabouts. Also, check the gaskets on the fridge and freezer doors so that they close perfectly without cool air escaping.
4. Don’t remain plugged in when you’ve finished use
Often, people remain plugged in even after they finish using a particular device, such as laptops, TVs, air conditioners, radiators, etc. Left like this, these devices continue to consume power until you switch them off. To reduce your power consumption, unplug these devices once you’re through with them.
5. Turn off the taps when shaving or brushing your teeth
You can reduce your hot water usage by at least 5 percent if you close the hot water tap while shaving, washing your hands or brushing your teeth. Instead of this, use the plug to keep water in the basin.
6. Wash a full load of clothes
Load your washing machine at a setting of 30°C or 40°C. This ensures you use less power. In the summer, dry clothes in the outdoors rather than in your dryer. During the winters, use radiators and a drying rack.
7. Fix a timer on your water heater
By installing an electronic timer on your water heater, it will turn off hot water when you don’t use it. You can program it to give you hot water when you need it, thus making it energy-efficient.
8. Buy energy-efficient products
Buy energy-efficient and Energy Star-rated appliances. Look for the label that tells you this as such appliances can cut your energy bills significantly. The more energy-efficient your products are, the less energy they will consume.
9. Prevent energy loss by insulating your home
If you have an electric furnace, it pays to insulate your walls, basement or attic to reduce electricity consumption during the winter. Also, prevent drafts by ensuring that your windows are weather-tight. Get double glazing on your windows to have a further saving on your energy bills.
10. Get rid of multiple fridges
If you store an old fridge in your basement, remember it uses a lot of energy. In fact, if you have any aged fridges, it’s time to get rid of them and scale down to the one that’s energy-efficient.
By making small changes in your daily habits, you can successfully reduce your energy bills. This will contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which in turn will bring about a positive climate change.