People talk about going green quite often, but how many people are making the effort to make the switch at home? You shouldn’t underestimate how much energy use you can cut out of your life – and, thus, how much money you can end up saving – by making several small changes. We’re going to have a quick look at the things you should be doing to help your home become much more eco-friendly!
GET STRATEGIC WITH CLIMATE CONTROL
Think about your property in terms of zones. You don’t need the heating or air-con on in all the rooms at once, right? So focus on the rooms you’re actually going to be using. Some people are keen on ensuring that every room is the perfect temperature, so that they don’t get any moments of unpleasantness when they first walk in. This simply wastes energy (and, y’know, money). A lot of new thermostats allow you to actually divide your home into particular zones using their interface, allowing you to be much more selective when it comes to heating and cooling. This tech isn’t quite cheap enough to be in every home yet, though! For now, you should just take care to make manual changes to every room; for example, turning off the radiators manually in each room you’re not using when you turn on the heating.
KEEP THE REFRIGERATOR FULL
When you open the refrigerator, warm air rushes in. It may not seem like it has that big of an effect, but it does. Once the refrigerator is closed, it uses more energy in order to take the air back down to the preferred temperature. This process uses more electricity than you might think! When you keep your refrigerator well-stocked, there’s not so much air space. This means there’s much less room for the warm air to enter and interfere with things! However, cramming it too much means that the refrigerator needs to use more power to circulate the cool air. So remember: well-stocked, but not crammed!
You know there’s sun shining on your roof for most of the day, right? All it’s doing is baking your roof tiles and making your home hot. Surely there’s something else you can do with all that sunlight, right? Ah, yes – solar panels. The problem here is that most people think that residential solar panels are impractical; they imagine that to be more of an industrial thing. But how can solar work for you? In a lot of ways, actually. More and more homeowners are getting panels installed on their roof and reducing their need for electricity made with eco villains such as fossil fuels.
EXERCISE >ELECTRICAL ENTERTAINMENT
TV and games are often the first things we think of when we need to unwind. Binge-worthy TV show, movie streaming, the latest action video game – they’re all great stress busters. But do you know what can be even better for beating stress and encouraging relaxation? Exercise. It uses less energy and money, too. If you’re not used to doing that much exercise, then it can feel very exhausting, discouraging, and even painful at first. But swapping electrical entertainment for exercise will help improve your quality of life by tremendous amounts, so persevere!
A lot of people actually overestimate the power use of not switching things off and leaving them on standby. There are, for sure, much bigger home energy problems to concern yourselves with. But televisions, game consoles, and PCs being left on standby do use more energy than many people seem to think! Remember that many modern gadgets appear to be off but actually remain in a state of very low-level standby (the Xbox One is a good example). So you’ll have to switch them off at the mains or unplug them completely!
REPLACE YOUR LIGHT BULBS
no doubt heard this piece of advice before. It seems to be the first thing people mention. But how many people have actually switched their light bulbs for something more eco-friendly? The fact is that most people make a mental note, but then decide to leave it until their current light bulbs have died. The other thing that stops a lot of people is that they tried this a few years back, but found that the energy efficient bulbs weren’t really as bright as they needed them to be. However, energy efficient bulbs have gotten much more powerful over the years.The difference the switch make to your energy use over the course of a year shouldn’t be underestimated!