Everyone wants to save money where they can and when it comes to the energy used in our homes, utility bills can be sky-high, especially in cold weather conditions. Luckily, there are many different ways to conserve the energy you use in your home and to optimize the energy that you do use.
Review Your Energy Output Room by Room
The first thing to do is to break down your home room by room and look at the energy being used in each room in order to figure out how you are going to generate savings. For example, use water wisely in the bathroom and check that your hot water temperature is set to 50°C and not higher as this will help you conserve your hot water.
You should also consider the ‘standby items’ e.g. an electric toothbrush or hairdryer, that are present in your bathroom. Even appliances like these consume energy when on standby mode so it is best to switch them off at the wall.
When it comes to your kitchen, always try to thaw the food in your fridge first to reduce the cooking time of your dishes. Switch to a microwave oven if you can as they use less energy than conventional ovens, but if you do use your oven, avoid opening the oven door frequently. Check out my review of best over the range microwaves here.
Check Your Appliances and Upgrade Where Necessary
Making the switch to LEDs, or movement sensors, could save up to 80% of the energy used per bulb, compared to a standard lightbulb. This is a big saving so investing in energy efficient lighting will pay dividends in the long term.
If you really want to make a difference to your home’s energy efficiency then solar power is the way to go, especially if you live somewhere that gets a lot of sunshine. Invest in a high-capacity solar battery which is an ideal backup electricity supply solution. It also allows you to go ‘off grid’ if needed.
If you are thinking about purchasing an air-conditioner, consider an inverter style air-conditioner that is sized, installed and used in line with its manufacturer’s guidelines.
These use up to 40% less energy when compared to other types of air-conditioners.
Look for the Energy Star Mark
Appliances and equipment that carry the Energy Star mark fall within the top 25% of the most energy efficient products, on average. This mark is an international standard for energy efficient consumer products.
Products with a larger number of stars are more energy efficient. Take a high star rated dishwasher, this allows for a 30% energy saving. For a high star rated fridge, you could save up to 23% more in energy.
For an illustrated look at how to conserve energy in your home along with helpful hints and tips, see the below infographic which has been created by NJP Electrical.