Running a family home is hard work, and the rising cost of energy bills can make it even harder. But making your home more energy efficient is easier than you probably realize. There are a number of things you can do to reduce your energy wastage which in turn can protect the environment and save you some money. So take a look at these tips and tricks and start living in a more energy conscious home today.
Draft-proof your home--
Heat can escape through the tiniest cracks and gaps in your walls and doors. This can often mean that you are paying for heat that is being lost. So go through every room in your home and find places where the heat from your home could be getting out. This shouldn’t be too difficult as you should be able to feel or hear if a draft is entering your home. Commonly most drafts get in underneath doors, keyholes and through cracks in the walls. Fill or cover any holes you find with duct tape, draft excluders, and foam strips. Of if you feel more comfortable-- hire a professional to come and do it for you, especially on windows. These should stop any heat from leaving your home and make it a warmer and cosier place for your family. You can also save yourself even more money by turning your thermostat down by one degree.
Spend less time in the shower--
If you have a large family, this may seem easier said than done. But reducing your time in the shower by a minute per day could make a significant difference to your energy bills. This can be reduced even further if every member of your family does the same thing. So encourage everyone to get their showering done as quickly as possible. You can reduce this even further by replacing your shower head with an energy efficient one. This will lessen the amount of hot water taken from your boiler or water tank while still giving you the power shower effect you enjoy. In addition to this, you can also install a water meter.
Change your bulbs--
Up to 5% of your household energy is dedicated purely to lighting. Which is actually quite a substantial amount. One of the simplest ways you can reduce your energy bills is by changing the light bulbs you have for energy efficient ones. LED bulbs are the most popular choice as they are durable and use very little energy. They are also highly versatile. LED strip lights, for example, can be used to illuminate kitchen cabinets, outdoor decking and behind TV’s and computers. They can make your home more functional while also keeping your bills down. To reduce your energy wastage from lights even further, turn them off every time you leave the room.
With these tips and tricks to guide you, you should know exactly which steps to take to reduce your wasted energy. Also don’t feel like you have to do this all by yourself. Talk to your family, particularly your children about saving energy and the good it can do.