Energy is a major buzzword for every homeowner in the modern world. With energy prices only going one way, it is becoming more expensive to power and heat the home. Obviously, not everyone can afford the prices, so you may need to save energy to save money. It is nothing to be ashamed of because the costs are ridiculous, but it is something you should address sooner rather than later. Here are a few great tricks that will make it quick and easy to implement throughout your house.
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Switch Off Any Appliances
Every home is full of electrical appliances, but they don’t always need to be on every minute of every day. In fact, if you want to save money that you need to turn them off when they are not in use. The main appliance is the lights. Light bulbs are notoriously inefficient and waste a lot of money and energy, which is why they need switching off. Also, unplug appliances for good measure. Even when you think they are not on, they are because the circuit is still active. It may only seem like a small gesture, but it will make all of the difference.
Turn The Boiler Down
Turn it down to the lowest temperature that makes you comfortable. Your boiler is without a doubt one of the major energy guzzlers in your home, and it needs taming. The first step is to turn it down, or you can go for a more drastic solution. You can both switch boilers and go for an energy-efficient model, or you can go electric instead. An electric baseboard heater is a cheaper alternative if you pick the right model. One final solution is to set the thermostat to a steady temp and leave it at that temperature. That will regulate the temp and the boiler to run more efficiently.
Wash Clothes At 30ºC
Washing clothes at a lower temperature will save you a third of the normal cost of laundry. Most people like to go for the 40ºC option because that is what clothes manufacturers recommend. And, it is also the temperature that works best with the cleaning enzymes. But, 30ºC is just as effective and a lot cheaper. Anything at or above 30ºC is hot enough to get rid of most stains, and you won’t be affecting the cleanliness of your clothes.
Buy Energy-Efficient In The First Place
The best tip has to be to buy energy-efficient models and appliances. The more energy-efficient your home is, the less money you will waste on energy. It is a simple solution, but it is one that lots of people tend to forget or dismiss. All you need to do is take a look at the energy rating before you make a purchase. You should also look at the size because bigger is not always better. Finally, change any small appliances. Light bulbs are bad for wasting energy, but there are energy-efficient types readily available.
Insulate Your Home
The trick is to stop cold air from coming in and hot air from escaping. To do that, you need to insulate your home with thick layers of insulation. Install it in the walls to stop the heat from dissipating, as well as the roof and the basement.
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