A lot of time is spent in the living room, so it makes sense to get savvy about energy saving in this room first. Some small changes will make a big difference here and you’ll quickly notice the benefits.
Switch up your incandescent light bulbs for LED lights which are much more efficient – as much as 80%! And don’t forget to turn them off when you don’t need them.
Thermally-lined curtains will help to keep the draft out and in turn, the heating bills down by trapping the heat. If you’re opting for blinds instead, look for blinds made from a heavier material to keep the draft away – this will also help to keep the light out, making the perfect environment for a scary film!
To warm your home, choose an efficient gas central heating system rather than an electric heater. If you’re not connected to the national gas network, look for alternative fuel options such as domestic heating oil which can reduce heating costs of a typical three-bedroom house by £120 per year.
The kitchen is packed full of appliances that can be better utilised to help lower your bills. There’s some quick-wins you can achieve by making some small changes to the way you run your kitchen.
When you fancy a cuppa, opt for making one from an energy efficient kettle or a temperature-controlled one and only boil what you need. By boiling only the necessary amount of water to the right temperature, your hot drink will taste much better and use less energy!
If an energy efficient fridge is a little out of budget, look at dropping the temperature down by a couple of degrees. If we all did this in the UK, Britain could potentially save around 210,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
You can actually save 37% more water by using a dishwasher than washing by hand if you do it the right way. Use energy saving cycles on the lowest temperature possible to clean your dishes and leave the dishes to air dry rather than using the heated drying function.
The bathroom can potentially be a haven for water wastage. Follow these money saving tips and avoid any bathroom blunders when it comes to bill time.
Many of us are guilty of leaving the tap to run while we brush our teeth which is unnecessary and can use up to five gallons of water a minute. Try to kick this habit and you will soon see the difference in the amount of water you are using.
The toilet holds the key to reducing water consumption in your bathroom. A household toilet is flushed five times a day on average and typically, 25 gallons will be used up in one day. By swapping your standard WC for a low flush basin, you could save up to 15 gallons of water per day with the same amount of flushes.
When it comes to showering, your money could be going down the drain. There’s two main options you can consider to cut costs while getting clean. Consider purchasing a low-flow shower head which will generally cost more than standard ones, but can save 2.5 gallons of water per minute. Depending on how long you spend in the shower, the upfront cost will soon be covering itself. To avoid any upfront outgoings whilst trying to save money, opt for a slightly shorter shower. Even by getting out one minute earlier, you could save around 15 gallons of water per day!
When it’s time to retire to the bedroom for the night, be aware of your energy consumption and stay money-savvy with some small changes.
Being warm and cosy at bedtime helps us to instinctively fall asleep. But did you know that a cool room is actually the best way to help you drift off? To aid sleep, keep the bedroom cool but your bed warm. Getting toasty feet is the best way to make your body feel sleepy. Stay away from the central heating and reach for an electric blanket instead which, if used every day, costs between £12-£18 per year. Alternatively, opt for seasonal bedding which is light and airy in summer, and heavier in winter, using no energy!
After using our phones throughout the day, the batteries are usually drained and due a charge. When we plug our phones in to charge, we often forget and leave them overnight. This can be potentially dangerous and is also not necessary to fully charge the battery. Most phones take a couple of hours to become fully charged, so try charging your phone throughout the day or remember to turn it off at night so you aren’t continually wasting energy from the socket.
Each room in your home has the potential to ramp up the cost of your bills, but you have the power to reduce these costs by lowering your energy consumption. If you’ve been inspired to make some changes around the home, share these tips with others to encourage a happier, healthier planet as well as a happier you when it comes to payment day!
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