Your home is where your heart is, and you would put a lot of thought and effort into making it the best place to be comfortable. You would want to get high-quality appliances for your bedroom and lounge room so that you can come home to a warm and relaxing evening. But there is also the costs of maintaining these comforts to think about. If you are not careful, your monthly utility bills could easily skyrocket, especially if you are not living alone and there is always at least one person in your household at any time of the day. To lessen the burden on your wallet, here are five ways that you can be more energy conscious.
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Turn It Off
You would most likely already have heard this hundred of times, whether it is from your mum or the media. If you are not using a room or an electric appliance, turn it off! Try to have everyone in one room during dinner, for instance. And if you are not using the hall or stairway, do not leave the lights on. Also, try not keep your devices charging overnight. Not only are these not cost-saving, it is also a complete waste of electricity.
Switch to CFL Lighting
Go to your home and check your lighting system. Are you still using incandescent light bulbs? Then that might be one of the culprits that are keeping your bills high. To save money and energy, you better switch to compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs. They last around ten times longer while using only a quarter of energy compared to incandescent. And depending on the mood you want to set for the room, you can choose from a variety of shades, like warm white or cool white.
Reduce the Use of Electricity
Electricity is currently the most expensive fossil fuel-based energy. Unfortunately, there is still a long way for electricity to be generated fully by more renewable energy sources, in Australia and for the most part of the world. So switching to natural gas heaters would be a great idea! Having a gas fireplace would also be environmental-friendly because it produces the fewest by-products and emissions. You can also try converting your electric stoves to wood stoves, if the type of your home permits, or heating your water through solar thermal.
To keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer, your home should be well-insulated and well-designed. Proper insulation will help retain the warmth of the heater or cool air of the air conditioner. That way, your appliances will work more efficiently without working too hard, and consequently, using a lot of energy. If you do this right, you can be looking at comfort and smaller bills all year long.
Use Star-Rated Appliances
If you are not already aware, energy efficient appliances are rated by the Energy Star program. It is that blue logo that you see on the packaging. Purchasing an Energy Star rated appliance will have features that will specifically use less energy, and that can only mean good savings for you in the long run.
Do not get blindsided by comfort alone when you are homemaking. Always make sure that your home is as energy efficient as possible. Your bank and family will thank you later that is a promise.