Saving energy and cutting down on carbon emissions helps preserve the environment for future generations, but if that isn’t enough to motivate you, it also saves you money. A few simple measures can have a significant impact on your energy bills.
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Flicking on the Kettle
Everyone likes a comforting cup of tea at the end of a long day, but most people don’t think about how much water they’re boiling each time they flick on the kettle. In order to save energy and money, only boil as much water as you need. Most kettles will show the water level and a corresponding number of cups, so there’s no excuse for boiling a litre of water to make one cup of tea!
Hang it Out to Dry
Another simple way of conserving energy is by cutting down on how often you use your dryer. Dryers eat up electricity, so try to use your clothes line when it’s dry out and, even during wetter weather, you can hang up the clothes on a clothes horse indoors. Dishwashers also require a lot of energy to get your dishes spick and span, so make sure it’s a full load every time or, even better, wash dishes by hand when you can. You’ll be surprised by how much you’ll save.
Keep the Heat In
Heating is a big expense for most people, especially during the winter months, but you can cut down on the cost by ensuring that as little heat as possible is escaping your home. Keeping curtains closed in the evenings and the use of draught excluders at the doors keeps heat in the rooms. If your kids are off in college or you have unoccupied rooms, don’t waste money heating empty rooms: isolate them by closing the doors and turning off the heating in those rooms.
Of course, using blankets or hot water bottles to keep you warm when you’re watching television or lying in bed at night is much cheaper than having the heating blazing! Alternatively, if you have a fireplace in your home, a crackling fire on a winter evening can heat up the house whilst also saving you money.
Turn Those Lights Off
Perhaps one of the simplest and most overlooked ways of saving energy is by merely turning off lights and appliances that aren’t in use. Before going to bed at night, ensure that the television, the DVD player, the radio and whatever other electrical appliances you might use are all properly switched off – even those little red lights on the power buttons are a waste of energy if left on all night.
This guest post was written by Paul Jones, an ecological consultant.