Easy Ways to Save Energy Around Your Home
Is your home as energy efficient as it can be? Asking yourself this question can save you lots of money. If your answer was no, it might be time to make some changes. By making some simple adjustments to your home, you can create a space that is more energy efficient, saving money and reducing your carbon footprint! These energy saving tips brought to you by Solarspot are not only highly effective, but are also inexpensive to implement.
Read on to see how easy it really is to make your home energy efficient:
Insulate Your Attic
One of the most effective ways you can improve the energy efficiency of your home! You can lose up to a quarter of your house’s heating through your roof, which is basically money down the drain. It might seem like a hassle, but loft insulation is effective for at least 40 years so is definitely a worthwhile thing to do!
Draft-Proof Your Front Door
There are plenty of draft solutions on the market designed especially for your front door. Try specially designed covers for your keyhole that will keep unwanted chill getting through, a flap or brush to cover the gaps in your letterbox and underneath your door and foam for any gaps along the sides.
Opt for Showers Instead of Baths
You probably know this one already but it’s such an effective way to save energy, it had to be included! By making this simple change, you could save an incredible 10 gallons of water for every wash you have.
Go a Step Further and Fit a Water-Saving Shower Head
A water-saving shower head has a restricted water flow with the purpose of saving energy. There are various different types available on the market at different prices, but considering one of these shower heads can save you 50.00 every year, we’d say it’s a worthwhile investment!
Turn Down Your Thermostat
Most of us are guilty of turning the heating right up whenever we feel slightly cold. However, try to have your thermostat on a reasonable temperature. For every degree you turn down your thermostat down, you can save £50.
Change Your Light Bulbs
If you haven’t already, try switching to 12-watt energy-saving LEDs instead of 60-watt bulbs. One energy-saving bulb will save you up to 125.00 over its lifetime, and they come in a range of styles and shapes to suit every taste.
Or Try a Natural Lighting Solution
You could also try solar panels or another natural lighting solution such as the Solarspot. The beauty with lighting systems such as these is that as well as being eco-friendly, they are a one-time investment, providing your home with bright and brilliant light for years to come.
Unplug Unused Electronics
There’s really no excuse for not doing this – it’s one of the easiest to save energy! Standby power can account for 10% of a household’s annual electricity use, and simply switching off your devices from standby can save you £30 every year.
Fit Blinds or Heavy Curtains to Your Windows
Windows are typically one of the main sources of heat loss in a home but luckily there are plenty of solutions that will keep the heat in. Inexpensive and easily available, thermal-lined curtains and blinds can reduce heat loss by 60% for single glazed windows and 40-50% for double glazed windows.
Use the Right Size Pan and Oven Ring When Cooking
Cooking accounts for 4% of energy use in the average home, and one way you can reduce this is to make sure you’re cooking with the right sized pan and matching oven ring. It has been estimated that using a 6-inch pan on an 8-inch oven ring can waste 40% of the heat produced.
Turn Down the Temperature on Your Washing Machine
Washing machines are very costly to run, but you can reduce their energy expenditure just by being more mindful about the settings of your wash. Generally speaking if fabrics are not stained and just need refreshing, they can be washed on a cooler setting.