A large part of our household income is spent on the energy that we use in our homes. This is a breakdown showing where our energy spending occurs:
Space Heating 31%
Space Cooling 12%
Water Heating 12%
Computers and Electronics 9%
Here are some energy saving tips that could save you a fortune over the course of a year and help you to keep your energy spending under control.
- Ensure that your loft is properly insulated to prevent heat leaking out of your roof.
- Make sure that you have a modern thermostat installed on your central heating system, so that you do not need to use excessive amounts of energy to heat your home.
- Turn the thermostat down on your hot water heater to 120F and be sure that your hot water tank is properly insulated with a good thickness of insulating material.
- Never wash half loads in either the washing machine or the dishwasher.
- Always turn off electrical appliances at the wall because while on standby these appliances will still be using a considerable amount of power.
- Use the shower more than the bath. A short shower requires much less heated water than filling the bath.
- Change all of your lightbulbs so that you are using low energy fluorescent bulbs instead. Great power savings can be made on dark winter nights by following this tip. Note that full spectrum light fluorescent bulbs can now be obtained that mimic full sunlight thereby helping those sufferers from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
- Encourage the members of your family to keep outer doors shut when not in use.
- Keep your foot off the gas when driving. Driving a little slower and less aggressively can help you to cut down on gas costs. It also helps extend the lifespan of the moving parts of your car ie, brakes, clutch, gearbox thereby reducing the running costs for your automobile.
Try these tips and I am sure that you will save a great deal on your energy costs starting today.
Mark Vass is a regular consumer products writer specialising in Energy Efficiency and Baby Car Seats such as the Britax Boulevard