Daily habits have a huge impact on your household’s energy consumption. All it takes is a few easy changes to save power and cut the cost of your energy bill. Any household can do it!
1.Wash Clothes with Cold Water
Did you know that you could save about $115 a year by only washing clothes in cold water? Crazy, right? Only use warm washes for clothes that are really dirty, and wait until you have a full load before you wash.
2. Turn It Off at the Wall
DVD players, TVs, computers, toasters and microwaves use energy when they are on standby mode. Even phone charges use energy when no phone is plugged in! When you aren’t using these electronics, switch them off at the wall. To make things even easier, use a power board. That way you can switch a bunch of things off at once.
3. Use Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
Incandescent and halogen light bulbs are a thing of the past. Energy efficient globes will save you money, and last much longer. LED (light-emitting diodes) are by far the most energy efficient bulbs available. They are up to seven times more efficient than conventional incandescent light bulbs, and switching to LED lighting can cut costs by up to 80 percent!
4. Turn Off Lights
When you exit a room, switch off the lights. This is one of the simplest ways to save power, and it’s very effective.
5. Use the Clothesline
Use the drying power of the sun, not the dryer. If you have to use the dryer, ensure the clothes have been spun well. Never put dripping wet clothes into your dryer.
6. Don’t Overuse Water
Don’t leave taps running unnecessarily, and take shorter showers (aim for 5 minutes max). You can install water-saving showerheads, which can help reduce the amount of hot water used in the shower.
7. Set the Refrigerator
Your fridge should be set to 4-5°C and the freezer between -15°C and -18°C. Your fridge should be kept in a cool area, away from the oven. There should be a gap around your fridge to allow ventilation.
8. Opt for a Fan
In the hot summer months, it can be tempting to crank up the air conditioner. Instead, opt for a fan, and keep the windows open. Maximum ventilation can help keep your house cool.
9. Purchase Energy Efficient Appliances
If you are in the market for a new fridge, washing machine, dryer or dishwasher, check out the energy rating. As well as saving power, energy efficient appliances will save you money in the long run.
10. Use Power When it’s Off-Peak
Off-peak times vary, but generally occur late at night and on weekends when households and businesses use the least power. Many energy suppliers offer a discount on energy used during off-peak times. Shifting the bulk of your energy consumption (using the dryer, for example) to off-peak times will save you money.
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