With the cost of energy skyrocketing and issues about climatic change taking center stage in most government agendas, it only makes sense to learn how to conserve energy. Whether you own a home, live with your parents or attend school, you're somehow responsible for consuming energy.
Therefore, this calls for all of us to learn and implement home energy conservation tips so we can save the climate and reduce the cost of energy at home. If you're ready to get started, here are a few tips to help you get started.
1) Understanding your bills
When you're served with monthly energy bills to pay, it might prove to be hard trying to understand the information therein. However, at the end of the day, that information must be grasped to get a clue of just how much you're using on a monthly basis. Your energy bill is a breakdown of all your energy expenditures, so get to understand that information and plan on how to reduce the cost of what you spend.
2) Never leave standbys on
You can save up to $46 annually just by making sure standbys are switched off. All electronics and electrical appliances can be turned off at the plug without disturbing their program. You might even want to invest on a standby saver to help you turn off all standbys at once. Only make sure you read the instructions of all electrical appliances you might be having. Some satellite and digital TV recorders need to remain plugged in so they can track programs you want to record.
3) Using your kitchen appliances
There's a way you can use your kitchen appliances in such a way that you're able to save your pocket at least $77 a year. For example, you could use a bowl full of water to wash items rather than running the water tap. This will save you up to $46 annually. Only fill up the kitchen kettle with the right volume of water, and this will save you up to $10 a year.
You could also cut back on your washing machine to one cycle a week to save at least $7 a year. Furthermore, you could save another tidy $8 a year on metered water bills.
4) Get ahead
If you use a hot water shower head that takes water directly from a hot water tank or a boiler, consider fitting a water-efficient shower head instead. It saves your hot water usage while giving the impression of an efficient and powerful hot water shower head.
It is estimated that an efficient hot water shower head can save a household of 4 up to $100. What's more, they can save up to $155 annually if they use a water meter to heat water for regular usage.
This assumption is based on a household sample that takes under 20 showers each week, and are replacing a 13L per minute shower head with a 7.7L per minute shower head. So if the cost of heating this water is roughly $4 per cubic meters (which includes sewerage charges), they will save the stated amount as projected by the estimates.
5) Spend less time in the shower
You should aim at spending the least amount of time possible when showering in the bathroom. Statistics estimate that a single person will save up to $15 on average if they take one minute less on their average shower time. So the bigger the household, the greater they can save in the long run.
6) Insulate your home
Modern homes tend to feature insulating properties around the doors, windows and other spaces which are likely to make a homeowner use their AC unit quite often. Unfortunately, newer homes are not equipped with these features, and this could negatively contribute to the cost you pay for the energy.
But the good thing is that you could renovate your house to become more energy-efficient by sealing the cracks, gaps and spaces in and around the windows, doors and walls. You could even replace your current windows with materials that feature insulating properties. This can help you save a tidy sum of money.
Other things you can do include replacing regular halogen bulbs with bright LED spotlights which save energy. You could also use smart heating controls to help you have total control over heating and how much you're spending to heat your home. Other than this, you will need to turn off lights when not using them. Anything you do to reduce the amount you spend on energy will save you in the long run.
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