Slash those bills – Tips to be more efficient
Whether it’s not leaving the television on stand-by,
making sure the washing machine is only used for full loads or turning down your
thermostat by a single degree, the web is full of great tips to be more energy
efficient and, in so doing, save some money on your household bills.
however, you have already followed the advice to
switch your energy supplier
and carried out the other most common energy saving practices then what next?"
Here are ten slightly more unusual energy
saving tips which you might not have considered:
Rugs on Walls
If your home is not sufficiently insulated then you are
wasting money on your heating bill- but proper insulation does not come cheap. A
money saving alternative is to hang decorative rugs on any poorly insulated
walls- the thicker the better!
The Ribbon Test
Big gaps and open windows are easy to spot but you’d be
surprised how much heat can escape from the smallest of spaces. Use a piece of
ribbon to check all outward facing surfaces- if the ribbon moves you know you
need to get out the putty!
Save on the energy you use to cook by only
eating raw food for one day a week (or more if you can stomach it!)
Raw diets are all the rage with health conscious
celebrities- you might loose some unwanted pounds while you save the
Letter Box Covers
You may not have thought it, but studies have shown that
up to 27% of your heat can be lost through the humble letter box. There are
several products on the market which prevent this from happening- whilst still
allowing the postman to do his job.
This may seem counter intuitive but more lights can help
save energy. Rather than using one main light for every purpose by having a
selection of different lighting options you can pick the correct one for the
job. Just make sure you don’t leave them all on!
Instead of leaving a nightlight on for hours and
hours consider replacing it with a wind-up torch. It’s also the perfect
solution in case of a power cut.
All kids love remote controlled toys but
charging them can use a lot of electricity. Nowadays everything from
helicopters to dumper trucks are available in solar powered
alternatives. It’s also a great way to start your kids thinking about
energy and sustainability.
Move Your Plants
Of course plants need the sun to survive but if they are
large and directly in the window then they could be preventing valuable heat
from entering your home during the summer months.
The best way to reduce your energy consumption is by
understating exactly how much you use. These little devices, which can be picked
up for about £15, tell you exactly how much energy any electrical appliance is
using. You’ll soon stop leaving a fully charged phone plugged in when you see
how much money you are wasting!
Three tier steamers, divided saucepans or
even pressure cookers can help save energy.
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