How can I make my daily routine more energy efficient?
When it comes to our daily routines, making them more energy efficient does not have to involve extreme measures, such as living by candlelight or wearing five jumpers to bed! Becoming more energy efficient can include simple, minor changes to your daily routine. Below are some energy efficiency tips which will help to reduce your energy usage, allowing you to save money whilst living more sustainably in the process.
1. Thermostat management
By turning down your thermostat even 1°C, your home will still feel comfortable, but can save some energy usage.
2. Shorter, cooler showers
Set a timer, have a set length playlist, or even compete with your family. Shorter and cooler showers mean less energy usage and will help save you money on your energy bills.
3. Watch out for outlets
Devices on standby mode still consume electricity. This can add up over the long-term. Use a plugboard so all devices can be switched off together, or invest in a timer device, if you know you may forget to switch things off when leaving the house in the mornings.
4. Let in the light
Open your blinds to make the most of natural light at home or at work. Additionally, switching to lower energy consuming bulbs, like compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) can reduce your bills without affecting your day-to-day activities.
5. Air-dry your laundry
Tumble dryers are huge consumers of electricity. Hang up your clothes to air-dry on a clothing rack, or outside during periods of good weather.
6. Check your insulation
Ensuring your home is fully insulated, especially the attic and walls, can reduce your heat loss, but can be a big investment in both time and money. Whilst this is important, you can also carry out smaller checks yourself. For instance, checking around your windows and doors for holes that may be allowing heat to escape. These can be fixed easily, often without the need for a professional.
7. Be energy smart
Don’t leave lights on in rooms that are not in use. Only boil enough water that’s needed for your cup of tea. Try to run your washing machine and dishwasher when both appliances have a full load.
You don’t always have to make huge or difficult lifestyle changes to create a positive impact on the environment. Small, everyday steps to becoming more energy efficient can also have long-lasting, positive effects, helping you economically whilst also reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
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