Energy prices have hit record highs, and the latest on global warming is that the captivating emperor penguin might be at risk of extinction. So there has never been a more pressing time to reduce our energy usage at home.
To help you achieve that, we’ve put together this guide to five easy ways to reduce your energy usage. Follow these tips to manage your monthly energy bill over the upcoming winter season and beyond.
1. Reduce Your Thermostat
In the cold winter, it’s natural to put the heating on as soon as you feel a chill in the room. And sitting in a warm and cozy bedroom feels like a far better way to unwind before you sleep at night!
But when a high energy bill falls through your letterbox, you may feel like you have to sit and suffer those cold nights with an extra blanket.
However, your options aren’t so black and white. Did you know that you can save hundreds of dollars a year merely by reducing your thermostat by 1 degree? It’s hardly noticeable, but it will save money and help the environment.
2. Unplug Your Chargers
Constantly monitor your devices when charging them. Unplug the charger from the wall to save energy once you’ve reached maximum charge. That is also better for battery life for most laptops, phones, and tablet devices.
You should also get into the habit of unplugging other devices you aren’t using for the day, such as a speaker system, tv, hair dryer, or toothbrush charger.
3. Wash on a Cooler Temperature
Most washing machines offer the default temperature of 40 Celsius, but you can reduce this to 30 and save hundreds of dollars on your annual utility bill.
If you are concerned that you won’t get clean clothes at a low temperature, don’t be. Modern washing powders are far superior to what we used to have in our homes and will still do an excellent job on a colder wash cycle.
4. Swap Baths for Showers
If you have a bath every day, you’ll use around 130 liters of hot water for the average bath. That figure will be even higher if you have a luxury rolltop or a corner bath.
However, a hot shower for ten minutes will use around 95 liters. Over an entire year, that will significantly impact the energy you use. If you’re brave, you could save even more money and energy by opting for a refreshing cold shower!
5. Opt for Smart Technology
Smart energy devices now exist to help you monitor your energy usage and manage it from the convenience of a smart home app on your phone.
The best thing about this technology is that you can manage your home remotely, so if you find yourself away from home unexpectedly, you can make sure all the heating and lights are switched off.
Reduce Your Energy Use Today for Lower Bills
These five tips will help you reduce your energy usage from as early as today, so why not give them a go?
For even bigger savings on your energy bills, head here to see what upgrades we can offer in your home to make it more energy efficient.