Tips To Save Energy

Whether or not you already have solar panels, you can reduce your effect on the environment (as well as your electricity bills) by effectively controlling your usage of electricity and gas. Many people are unaware of just how much energy (and money) they are wasting. Every time you leave a lamp or a TV switched on when there is nobody in the room, you are wasting energy, increasing your bills and creating a greenhouse effect. This may seem insignificant, but if we consider the millions of people who are doing this, it’s obvious that saving energy can really make a difference.

Here are some helpful tips to save energy:

  • Heating and cooling are two of the biggest energy wasters in the house – be conscious of your usage of air conditioning or heating when you are not home.
  • Air ducts are a source of major energy waste in heating and cooling, so getting your ducts sealed can significantly reduce your energy usage (reducing your electricity bill by up to 10% or more).
  • Radiant barriers are a cost effective energy-saving solution. These sun-reflecting barriers are typically placed in the attic and are very effective at preventing your home from heating up significantly during the summer time. In this way they reduce your cooling costs and can make a significant impact on your electricity bill (some homeowners see savings of 20% or more with radiant barriers— and the great news is you can often pair them up with a solar installation for additional discounts, contact us for more for information).
  • You can decrease the consumption of electricity by almost 20 % by insulating your home.
  • In winter, avoid heating rooms you are not using.
  • Switch off all electrical devices that you are not using (lamps, TVs, computers,etc.).
  • Use only energy-saving bulbs and try to buy Class A (energy-saving) household appliances as they can significantly reduce the amount of energy you use.
  • Be conscious of leaving electronics plugged in. When TVs, computers, radios, etc. are left on stand-by or are just left plugged in, they are still using energy (as you can see by their on-signal lamps).
  • When you cook frozen food, avoid defrosting it in the microwave. Instead, take it out from the fridge in the evening and leave it to unfreeze overnight.
  • In the kitchen, if possible, keep your refrigerator away from your stove.
  • When you cook, you can switch off the stove ten minutes before the meal is ready and use the residual heat of the hot plate.
  • Don’t use your stove for every meal if you have a toaster, pressure cooker or kettle. These small appliances are designed for preparing small quantities of food in a short period of time. They are not as powerful and therefore they consume less energy. Using them instead of the traditional stove will decrease your electricity consumption.
  • If you use stationary heaters, don’t put them behind pieces of furniture, as this will block the heat and make them less effective and possibly dangerous.
  • Your washing machine will use almost as half as much energy if you wash with cold water rather than hot water. Eighty percent of the energy used by a washing machine goes for heating the water. Also, avoid use your washing machine until you have a full load ready to be washed.