Quick and Effective Ways to Save Energy

Follow our tips and advice to learn new effective strategies for saving energy, lowering your bills, and reducing your carbon footprint. Whether you’re a homeowner, a private or social renter, a student, or living with your parents, there are many options you can consider.

As the current inflation becomes unbearable, it’s become important to minimise our expenses. Our experts have offered quick tips on how to save money on energy bills to reduce the current financial burden we face.

Before you begin

Understanding your energy consumption is crucial for optimising energy use at home. Identifying patterns in when and where you use the most energy, helps you make informed decisions on reducing consumption.

1. Unplugging and Power Management

Ever wonder what your gadgets are up to when you’re not using them? The concept of “phantom energy” highlights how electronics continue to draw power even when turned off. Meaning you still pay for energy just because an appliance is turned off but plugged in. Adopt the habit of unplugging electronics when not in use.

2. Switch off standby

Many electronic devices, such as TVs, computers, and game consoles, have a standby mode that allows them to power down to a low-energy state rather than turning off completely.  You can save about 10-20 percent of your money spent on energy bills just by taking your devices off standby mode.

Switching off standby mode means ensuring that devices are completely turned off rather than left in this low-energy state, which still consumes some power.

3. Do not Ignore Draughts and Poor Insulation

You’ll lose significant heat and see higher energy bills if you neglect sealing draughts around windows, doors, and other openings, or failing to properly insulate walls and roofs.

Draughts allow cold air to enter your home and warm air to escape, forcing your heating system to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature. Similarly, poor insulation allows heat to escape from your home during the winter months, leading to increased energy consumption.

Get an insulation upgrade and draught-proof windows and doors to minimise heat loss and save you some money.

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4. Turn off Lights

It’s quite the infamous habit to leave lights on in rooms that are not in use, unnecessarily consuming electricity and leading to higher energy bills.

If you think it is a bit of a chore to be switching lights off every now and then, consider installing motion sensor lights or timers to automatically turn off lights when no motion is detected, further reducing energy wastage.

Find out more on smart options for your lighting.

5. Upgrade to energy efficient lighting

Move away from halogen bulbs and enjoy the cost-saving benefits of LEDs. LEDs are brighter, cheaper and energy efficient. Integrating smart technology into your LED lighting setup is the best option you can come across to reduce your energy bills.

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6. Integrate smart home technology

The era of smart home technologies opens up new possibilities for energy efficiency. From smart thermostats, energy monitoring tools to lighting systems, that can be seamlessly integrated into your home for enhanced energy management and granting a centralised control of your electrical appliances.

The field of energy-saving technologies is dynamic and ever-evolving. Get a smart home installation today!

7. Buy Energy-Efficient Appliances

Enhance your home’s energy efficiency by upgrading your appliances to Energy Star-rated ones. The Energy Star label signifies that gadgets adhere to the stringent energy efficiency guidelines, ensuring not only a high performance but also a significant reduction in energy consumption.

Be mindful to purchase energy-efficient models of your favorite electrical appliances and explore the benefits ranging from a reduced environmental footprint to long-term cost savings. Key considerations for making these purchases are size, features, and energy efficiency ratings.

8. Do not overfill and undermaintain appliances

Overloading washing machines and dishwashers or neglecting to clean and maintain them properly can reduce their efficiency, leading to increased energy consumption and higher energy bills.

It’s important to follow manufacturer’s guidelines for using washing machines and dishwashers. Additionally, regularly clean and maintain appliances to ensure optimal performance and energy efficiency.

9. Avoid using appliances during peak hours:

You may not know it but there are peak hours for energy consumption. That is the time were the consumption rates are very high. Running high-energy-consuming appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers, and tumble dryers during peak hours when energy rates are higher will obviously lead to increased energy bills.

Be mindful of your energy usage patterns and scheduling appliance usage during off-peak hours.

Tip: Saving cost on your energy consumption all comes down to being strategic, insightful and making smart decisions.

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