Useful Energy Saving Tips
Looking to save energy? We’ve got a few tips and tricks to help you cut down your energy usage. Saving energy not only helps the environment, but also saves money on your energy bills.
Turn off electronics at the wall
Standby power sucks a lot more electricity than you think; as much as 10% of your bill! Often appliances default to standby mode when turned off, which means they are still using up energy. Instead, try putting all the major offenders, like TVs and computers, on a power board and switch them all off when not in use.
Use timers on appliances
Timers are a great help when trying to save energy; they make saving much easier for households, thanks to their ease of use. Set a timer so the heater goes off after you go to bed and on before you get up. That way you can still enjoy a warm home, but not have to pay for heating the house while you sleep. Do the same while you are at work. After the initial set up, the timers will handle the heaters, Christmas lights and so on, which means that they will not accidentally be left on to inflate the energy bill.
Change to more energy efficient appliances when it is time to replace old appliances
Old household appliances have a tendency to use more energy and, therefore, to increase the energy bill. When an appliance’s life cycle has reached its end, the best option would be to change to a modern, energy-saving appliance. Again, energy-saving appliances may be priced higher than appliances that save less energy, but the savings in energy consumption will make up for the higher price.
Turn off the lights when you are not in the room
Although energy saving light globes have contributed to some significant savings in energy usage, it is still recommended to turn off lights in rooms that are not being used, for extra savings.
Turn the fridge temperature up
The fridge should be set at 5°C and the freezer around -15°C. Try to keep the door closed as much as possible, as letting the hot air in forces the fridge to work harder!
When washing dishes or clothes, wash a full load
People often wash half loads in their washing machines, which is not recommended when wanting to save energy. If at all possible, it is recommended to wait until you have enough clothes or dishes to fill up the whole machine. This way there is less water and energy usage.
Wash your clothes with cold water
Most of your clothes can be effectively cleaned in cold water. Save your hot washes for whites, sheets and towels. When washing clothes in cold temperatures, there will be less energy consumed when heating the water, which subsequently results in lower energy bills.
Use nature’s dryer – hang your clothes in the sun
A nice fresh smell and no big spike in your electricity usage; everybody wins.
Cold at night? Buy flannelette sheets and use an extra blanket
Electric blankets use a fair amount of electricity. Be your own heater and use flannelette or fleece sheets to keep in body heat. An extra blanket or two can go a long way as well.
Double-glaze your windows
Many households lose a lot of heat through their windows, which means that these households need to keep their heaters running for longer and at higher temperatures than households with better insulation. Although getting your windows double-glazed may feel like a large investment, it is a one-time expense and will save a lot of money on electricity bills in the long run.
Change light globes to more energy efficient globes
Although fluorescent lighting is cheaper to buy, they will be more expensive in the long run, as they consume more energy. It is recommended to change to LED lighting, which is the most energy-efficient lighting option in stores at the moment. LED lighting is more expensive to buy, but will save more energy, thus reducing a household’s energy bill.
Have shorter showers
Unless a person particularly enjoys cold showers, usually taking a shower consumes energy when the water is heated to a pleasant temperature. As many do not take pleasure in ice cold showers, it is beneficial to keep showers as short as possible to save on energy.