When it comes to saving money, small changes can go a long way. Certain changes in your home could substantially reduce your electricity bills, as well as helping the planet. Here are a few tips to get you started:
Switch things off
It sounds so simple, but you’d be surprised by how many appliances in your house are sucking up electricity when you think they’re off. Televisions, for example, are notorious for using nearly as much power on standby as they do when they’re on (up to 90%). Everything you generally keep under your TV, like your DVD player, also doesn’t need to be on unless you’re actually using it. Simple things, like unplugging chargers when you’re not using them, can also make a difference.
Investing in an energy monitor can really show you where your power (and your money) is going. Some energy providers will give you one for free.
Buy new appliances
Buying new things doesn’t sound like the most sensible way to save money, but old appliances are not the most energy efficient. Replacing things like your fridge, dishwasher, washing machine or oven with newer, energy-efficient models will ensure that your energy, and therefore your money, is being used more efficiently.
Save money on household chores
Switching appliances down during your everyday household routine could start to make a difference. Turning the temperature down on your washing machine and dishwasher can be a good way to start. You could also reduce the duration of the cycle. Not only will this save water and electricity; it can also help you get stuff done around the house more quickly. Your dishes and clothes probably don’t always need to be washed in boiling hot water because warm or cold will usually do the job.