Winter is the time of year that we notice a sharp drop in temperature and a steep rise in our energy bills. Heating is the biggest culprit but there are other things you can do to reduce your energy spend.
1. Keep it natural
Use natural sunlight to light up interior spaces whenever possible. If you do need to light up your home then energy saving bulbs can make a big difference to your energy bills and are available at hardware stores. Another great tip is to use solar powered outside lights.
2. Save water
It’s amazing how much water the average household uses. You can make a saving by avoiding running the tap when you are brushing your teeth or washing the dishes. If you want to make a bigger difference then consider fitting low-flow shower heads and dual flush toilets.
Invest in a programmable thermostat so you don’t have to worry about forgetting to turn off the heating. You can set this to come on in the morning before work, switch off during the day and come back on ready for the evening.
4. Cold air
Modern homes are well insulated so they will already be more energy efficient. However, if you still want to make energy savings then you can take this one step further by making sure you keep doors and windows shut whenever possible and by keeping the curtains drawn at night.
5. Switch off appliances
Appliances that are left on standby continue to use power. This can add up to a lot of money when you consider how many there are in your home. Switch them off when you’re not using them, especially kitchen appliances, televisions and computers.
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