Being energy efficient can not only make a big difference on your energy bills, but also reduce the demand of burning fossil fuels as oils, coal and natural gas. This means lower emissions of carbon dioxide, the primary contributor to air pollution. We listed below 10 ways on how you can save mother earth at home.
1. Unplug/switch off any appliances or devices you’re not using.
If you’re finished charging your cell phone, don’t forget to unplug it since the charger gets hot – which means it’s using energy and if it’s not hot, it’s probably not using very much energy. This is especially true for power heavy outside items like an inflatable hot tub.
2. Try using a pressure cooker when cooking.
Cooking a meal in the pressure cooker takes half the time it would need on the stove. By using a pressure cooker, you reduce greenhouse gas emissions from your gas stove or from power plants used to generate electricity on electric stoves.
3. Always check the energy label when buying appliances.
When you make sure that the appliances you buy are energy efficient, you can save a significant amount of money over the lifespan of the appliances. Buying an energy efficient refrigerator could make as much as £80 difference compared to the normal models.
4. Regularly empty your vacuum cleaner.
A full vacuum cleaner will use more energy than an empty one in doing the same job, as it will take longer to do the same amount of work and it will also most likely to break down easily.
5. Dry your laundry outside.
Drying your clothes outside rather than in your dryer is a great way to reduce energy use and cost. Line drying keeps your clothes in a better condition than drying them in a machine.
6. Make sure you’re using storage heaters efficiently.
Keep the input constant at the amount you need. The controls have an output setting that allows you to regulate heat. It means you don’t have to use all the store heat at once, but you can let it out from time to time, saving some for the evening.
7. Set your heater or air conditioner in advance.
When it comes to your heating, and if you happen to possess a portable AC, set them to come on 20-30 minutes before you use them, and to turn off 30 minutes before you sleep. This way you’ll still have the lasting benefit just before you drift off, without the risk of leaving them on overnight, and therefore wasting energy.
8. Don’t always turn your boiler down.
It is best to turn your boiler to its maximum setting if you have a room thermostat, and if you don’t, set your boiler as low as you’re comfortable.
9. Keep your curtains and blinds closed during cold weather or at night.
Keeping your curtains and blinds closed at night will keep the cold air out and closing them during cold weather will keep the heat in the rooms you’re using.
10. Do a home energy audit.
This will help you analyze your home’s insulation, structure, and appliances, as well as your lifestyle. When checking your home, be sure to keep a checklist of areas you have inspected and problems you have found. The checklist will help you prioritize for energy efficiency upgrades.