Ten Simple Energy Saving Tips
Saving energy is good for the environment but it's also good for your bank account, it’s a win-win situation. So why aren't we more concerned with making little changes in our households to make a difference for ourselves, and our planet.
When I sat down to think about how I can save on energy, I looked around my room at the appliances, lights, computer, lamp, and the phone charging on the side table. When I thought more about it, I also thought about the simple changes I could make to save energy other than just with these appliances.
Below are a list of 10 simple tips and tricks to saving money on power in your household:
Turn appliances off at the wall when they're not in use
I'm sure this isn't the first time you're reading this tip, but it's such an easy one to do with little effort from you that I'm going to include it anyway. When the toaster isn't in use, turn it off at the wall. When you finish blow drying your hair, turn it off and unplug it. Do the same with your appliances around your house, though it's probably best to leave the fridge and freezer switched on. Most washing machines recommend turning them off at the wall and closing the taps they’re connected to when not in use.
Turn off lights when leaving a room
Probably the most obvious one, and one that you've heard before. This is the easiest way to use less energy, if you're not in the room why do you need the light on? If it’s the middle of the day and the blinds are open, why do you need the light switched on? Switching it off can make a big difference.
Make use of natural light
To go along with the tip above, make use of natural light. Open the blinds, let the sunshine in. Not only do you save energy by doing this, but it's bound to lift your mood with some natural sunlight (and some free Vitamin D!).
Cold wash clothing
Wash your clothing with cold water, not hot. Not only is this better for your clothes, but it also uses less energy by taking out the extra step of heating the water.
Do a larger load of washing, less frequently
Instead of doing multiple small washes throughout the week, can you do 1-2 larger washes? Most washing machines nowadays have automatic water levels which is awesome, but the more washes you do throughout the week, the more energy you are using.
Ditch the dryer, and hang your clothes instead
I don't know if anyone even uses a clothes dryer anymore, there's one sitting in parents' house and I can't even remember the last time it was used. But this point is worth mentioning anyway, take that extra five minutes and hang your clothes up on a clothes rack. You can do this outside or inside, it doesn't take up much space and it's only there temporarily while your clothes dry.
Use lamps when you only have a small area that needs light
This is one that I need to work on more, I bought a beautiful lamp but never use it, I always use the ceiling light. If you only need a small area to be lit, then a lamp may be the perfect option for you to save power.
Switch to LED energy saving light globes
Switching to different light bulbs is an effortless change that anyone can make, keep an eye out for them next time you've blown a bulb that needs replacing.
Keep curtains and blinds closed on hot days to keep rooms cooler
In Australia our summers can be brutal, and over time I have learnt to keep my curtains closed during the peak heat times to keep most of the heat outside and not in my room. This way your air conditioner isn't doing as much work and doesn't need to be as powerful.
Using hot water contributes up to 17% of a household’s energy usage, so if you're known to stay in the shower a little too long having a concert for one, then see about cutting it down a little.
BONUS TIP - Turn the heat down
If you love hot showers like me, then you're not going to like this tip too much. Turn the heat down and have cooler showers. Your skin will thank you for it, trust me.
Pick one tip and see where you can start making changes in your home this week.
I'm going to work on using my lamp more and the ceiling light less when I want to snuggle up and read a book in the evenings. What change are you going make?