Saving on energy is not a mere fad but a must-do.
You just don’t put more money back in your bank account every time you lower your utility bills, but you also lower the energy you consume, which means less harm in our environment. Making some small easy yet effective changes to the way you use energy to make a huge difference to the environment and help keep your energy bill down.
1. Minimise Phantom Load
“Phantom load” refers to the energy an appliance or electronic device consumes even when it’s switched off. You can eliminate phantom loads by unplugging appliances and electronics when you’re not using them. You can also try plugging them into a power board that allows you to switch off all appliances at once.
2. Run Your Fridge Efficiently
Since your fridge is always on, it’s one of the most expensive appliances in your home. Set your fridge temperature to 4 or 5 degrees and your freezer temperature between -15 and -18 degrees Celsius. Ensure the door seal is tight and free from gaps so cold air can’t escape.
Keep fridges and freezers in a cool, well-ventilated spot and have a gap around your fridge so air can circulate freely. To save electricity, it’s ideal to keep them away from the oven and direct sunlight.
3. Use Energy-Efficient Light Globes
One of the least expensive and most effective changes you can make is to replace your light globes. Replace old incandescent and halogen light globes with energy-efficient ones, which save power and last longer. You can have your light globes replaces for free or at a reduced cost.
4. Install a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats automatically adjust your home’s temperature to your schedule to keep it comfortable only when you need it to be. During winter, heating can account for over 30% of your bill. Every degree above 20 can add 10% to your heating bill, so set your thermostat between 18 and 20 degrees.
5. Reduce Your Need For Heating And Cooling Devices
Heating or cooling the whole house can be expensive. Turn heaters and coolers off when you don’t need them, — when you leave the room or go to bed. Close the doors to unused rooms to reduce the area you need to cool or heat.
Make sure your curtains or blinds, as well as outside window shades, are closed to reduce the amount of energy needed to maintain the temperature inside. Instead of heating your bedroom, try adding another blanket to your bed or use an electric blanket, wheat bag or hot water bottle.
6. Save Energy In The Kitchen
To reduce cooking time, thaw frozen food in the fridge. When cooking, instead of an electric oven, use the microwaves, which use less energy. When it comes to stove-top cooking, keep lids on your pots to reduce cooking time.
Rather than boiling water on the stove, use an electric kettle. When using the dishwasher, use the economy cycle for everyday washing and only run it when it’s full.