101 Ways To Save Energy In Your Home

By August 29, 2018Tips
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101 Ways To Save Energy In Your Home

Have you decided it’s time to save money on your energy bills? Maybe your bills have been a lot higher than usual? I mean… how much energy could you be wasting cemented to the sofa having another Netflix binge?! Or possibly your intentions are purer and you’ve found a passion for saving Mother Earth from the perils of man and want to dedicate yourself to going green.

Whatever your reasons may be, we have taken it upon ourselves to give you 101 ways to save energy in your home. So hang on tight, it’s going to be a long and bumpy ride but you’ll be making a massive difference to both your energy bills and the world we live in.

- LIGHT TIPS -

Turn off the lights

you aren’t using in the house, 90% of the energy given out from light bulbs turns into heat, while the rest of the 10% is light.

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Use LED light bulbs

as they use around 25-30% less energy compared to your typical light bulb.

Keep blinds open

during the day, so the sunlight lights up the house instead of using light bulbs.

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Use motion sensors

to make sure external lights only come on when needed. Use heat sensors, timers and motion detectors to make sure the lights only turn on when you enter a room.

Tilt up blinds, close drapes

and shades on windows that receive direct sunlight, during the summer.

Install dimmer switches

to control your lights can be a great and simple way to save on energy. By dimming a light, you reduce its wattage and energy output.

Use LED flashlight

instead of turning on the lights to navigate yourself around the house, at night.

- DEVICE TIPS -

Older appliances

such as fridges, freezers and heating systems tend to use more energy rather than appliances that were made recently.

Shut down your pc

when you’re not using it, as this saves power for when you’re inactive.

Keep oven door closed

when you’re cooking something in the oven as the temperature will decrease when it’s open.

Hang your clothes

If you’re in a hot country, hang your clothes up instead of using a dryer.

Charged items

After something has finished charging, unplug it, because even though it may be fully charged, it’s still drawing power.

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Refrigerator temperature

Refrigerator temperature

Refrigerators take up around 20% of all household energy consumption, to reduce this as much as possible, set your refrigerator for 37 Fahrenheit and your freezer to 3 Fahrenheit.

Loft insulation

Install insulation in the loft, this will help prevent heat escaping up through the top of your property.

Buy rechargeable batteries

instead of buying non-renewable ones and throwing them away once they’re finished.

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Phone brightness

When on your phone, turn the brightness down and use other battery saving methods to save how much you have to recharge your phone.

Printer

Use low-energy inkjets rather than a fancy high-energy using printer.

Microwave & slow cookers

Use microwaves and slow cookers rather than conventional ovens. A microwave is around 75% more efficient compared to ovens.

Laptops

Use laptops and tablets rather than a full-size desktop.

Water heaters

Switch off your water heater during the day – use it when it is needed. Water heaters are re-heating the water every hour and are thus one of the most energy consuming item in your house.

Washing machine

Only use the washingmachine when it’s full, it still uses the same amount of electricity.

Fridge

If you ever invested into another fridge for special occasions, make sure it’s unplugged and turned off for the rest of the time it’s not being used.

Power saving

Do not leave anything on standby, always turn it off when you’re done using it.

Eco

Buy items that have “eco” options that can run with low power.

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Solar Panels

If you were to install solar panels, you wouldn’t need to heat your water up through a boiler as the solar panel heats up the water with the sun. This ends up cutting some money off your water bill at the end of the month.

Candles

Use candles at night when it is not needed to light an entire room.

Unplug

Unplug power strips, battery chargers and other equipment when not in use you’re not using them. All these items together can power a fridge!

Draught stopper

Use them to keep the heat in a
room.

Dry towel in dryer

A dry towel added to your dryer load can significantly reduce drying times. If you’re doing seven loads a week this could save you up to around $30 a year!

Defrost freezer

Defrost your freezers once every two years for the best performance.

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Tune ups

Make sure your heating system is checked regularly to avoid any complications. Annual tune ups can make the system work as efficient as possible while saving up to 5% on annual costs.

Close the fridge

Make sure you always close the fridge well. An open fridge can have around 30% of its cool air escaped.

Fridge temperature

Don’t overload the refrigerator or freezer. The cold air needs to circulate freely to keep foods at the proper temperature.

Drying clothes

Drying a load of clothes straight after you finished your first load minimizes the amount of heat lost and lowering drying times.

Burner

Use the smaller burner on your stove when you can to conserve energy.

Clean your A/C

To keep your central air conditioner unit working efficiently, clean the outside compressor on a regular basis.

Windmills

Even though it’s a bit of a longshot for the average person, installing a windmill could cut out a large portion of your electricity costs.

Television LEDs

Replace old TV’s with the energy efficient LED TV’s.

Use fans

In the summer months, to save money on the air condition and if you really need to circulate the cold air, use a standard ceiling fan.

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The best device

If you’re streaming something on a website such as Netflix, try your best not to stream it on a playstation/xbox as it uses up to 30 times more power compared to a smart TV that uses a lot less energy to watch Netflix.

Motion sensors

Install motion sensors in hallways and rooms around the house to not waste any energy from keeping the lights on.

Switch off television

Switch off your tv completely, don’t switch it off only with the remote.

Kettle usage

Instead of boiling the kettle multiple times a day, put all your daily consumption of coffee into a big thermos.

Solar system

If a roof-top solar system is beyond your reach, you can at least investigate solar outdoor lights. They require no wiring and use LED lights. LEDs use less energy than any other kind of light. Unlike CFLs, they contain no mercury.

Dishwasher content

IDon’t use the dishwasher half empty. Try to full it as much as you can to save water and electricity. Do the same with the washing machine.

Drying & ironing

Take your clothes out of the dryer a bit before they are completely dry as they would iron a lot faster and save you money on your dryer.

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Cold water wash

Wash your clothes with cold water instead of hot water, this is because nowadays’ detergents work just as well with cold water as they do with hot water.

- WATER TIPS -

Flow shower head

Use less hot water by installing low-flow shower heads. This limits the amount of water pushed out of the showerhead.

Bath vs shower

Baths are known to use up a lot more hot water compared to showers.

Shower time

Limit how long you spend in the shower, especially if you’re on a water meter.

Turn off water

If you’re going abroad in the summer months, make sure you turn your water off. If you’re going away in the winter months, turn your hot water and heating down to the lowest level possible so your pipes don’t end up freezing.

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Water waste

Fixing leaky faucets can save you a lot of money on wasted water. Experiments show that about a drop a second adds up to around 165 gallons of wasted water.

Old water heater

If your water heater is more than 15 years old, install an insulating wrap to reduce “standby” heat loss. It’s also a good idea to insulate hot water pipes where they’re accessible.

Running taps

Don’t leave any taps running, running taps waste multiple litres a minute.

Garden well

If you have garden space, invest into a well as it can save you water long-term which means you don’t have to use as much tap water.

- CAR TIPS -

New car

When buying a new car, make sure to buy one that has good mileage on it. Reason being is because, if you got a car that has a high amount of miles per gallon, you’ll be using less fuel in the long run.

Car weight

Empty your unwanted items from your car, they add weight to the car which makes it run on more fuel.

Get a GPS

If you’re driving somewhere you’ve never been to before, use a GPS to give you the directions. Any wrong turns ends up with you using more fuel to arrive at your destination.

Car servicing

Get your car serviced regularly to make sure it’s running as efficient as possible.

Tire pressure

Make sure the pressure on your tires are as high as possible, uninflated tires use more fuel to drive.

Hybrid car

Consider buying a hybrid model as your next car.

Travel speed

The faster you travel on the road, the more fuel you’re wasting. This means that if there is no reason to be going fast, keep it slow.

Idling cars

Don’t leave your car idle for too long, switching off the engine when you know you’re going to be at a standstill for over a minute will save you fuel and energy.

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Air condition vs wind

If you’re travelling at over 60mph, it is more beneficial for you to use the air condition rather than have the windows down.

Cars vs motorbikes

Consider switching from a car to a motorbike as they use up less fuel and people who drive motorbikes typically don’t spend as much time idle in traffic. This means that little energy will be wasted.

Car pool

Share a car with a colleague or a friend to go to work. You will save energy and if everybody does the same we will save time.

- HOUSE TIPS -

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House heating

When it’s the winter time, and you have the heating on, make sure all the windows are closed so none of the heat escapes.

Barbeque in summer

You can use a barbeque in the summer months, this saves electricity and instead of using gas, you can use natural resources, such wood.

Kitchen garden

If you have a garden, grow your fruit and vegetables there, this saves you money and potential fuel costs.

Air condition vs windows

Open windows instead of using an air-condition. Air-conditions are one of the most energy consuming items out there!

Thermostat

Turning down the thermostat by even a single degree can save you over £50 yearly.

Insulation

Insulate your loft or roof space. A quarter of heat is lost through the roof, so insulation will make your home warmer and reduce your heating bills.

Cover the pool

If you have a hot tub or swimming pool, keep it covered when you’re not using it. Solar covers would be useful as they take the heat from the sun and heat up the pool.

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Change the stats

During summer peak hours or when you’re not home, remember to set your thermostat at 78° or higher. Setting your air conditioner 5° higher than normal can save up to 20 percent on cooling costs.

Open windows at night

On summer nights, open windows to let cooler air inside the house. Then the morning after, close the windows and blinds to keep the cool air inside.

Keep it cool

Make sure all air vents, windows and doors are closed properly to reduce the amount of cool air that escapes the house.

Use outside heat

During the winter, open window coverings to allow the direct sunlight to heat rooms.

Fans direction

Use ceiling fans to help circulate air throughout the house, and make sure your attic is properly ventilated. A ceiling fan should run clockwise during the summer, and counter-clockwise during the winter.

Keep lamps away

from thermostats; the heat produced can cause your furnace to run less than needed or your air conditioner more than needed.

Fireplace

Use ceiling fans to help circulate air throughout the house, and make sure your attic is properly ventilated. A ceiling fan should run clockwise during the summer, and counter-clockwise during the winter.

Outside and inside temperatures

Try to keep the difference between the temperature of your thermostat setting and outside temperatures to a minimum. The bigger the difference, the more energy you will lose.

Air condition vs fans

If you have an air condition on, turn the fans off as they aren’t needed.

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Learn about your house

Take the time to learn which appliances in your house are taking up the most energy. Like this, you can find the heart of the problem and it will make things simpler when trying to save energy.

Fire vs thermostat

Instead of raising your thermostat up a few degrees, a wood burning stove can heat up your room with natural heat which costs nothing towards your electricity bill.

Insolation is key

When building a new house, opt for a very isolated one. It is more expensive but you get back your money on the long-term.

Power saving

Smart power strips, also known as advanced power strips, make sure there isn’t any power put into idle items around the house.

Glass windows

Install triple-glazing windows to prevent the maximum amount of heat loss. Triple-glazing windows have been said to reduce the energy bill by up to 50%. It also reduce the noise.

Check interior

Move any furniture that’s in front of windows as they could be blocking potential air flow. This could be the reason as to why some houses spend more on cooling/heating up their places with the thermostat.

- COOKING -

Efficient cooking

Put lids on pans when heating up water, it helps it reach boiling point faster.

Smart usage of oven heat

After cooking something in the oven, leave the oven door open so the heat can escape and heat the kitchen up.

Kettle usage

Never overfill the kettle, just filling it up to the recommended amount conserves energy.

Leftover foods

Put leftover food in reusable containers rather than using foil or plastic.

- OTHER -

Lessen car usage

Use public transport or bicycle’s rather than using your car to get to places.

Lowering the thermostat

If you’re going on holiday, and you’re living in a cold country, lowering the thermostat to around 55 degrees helps keeps the pipes from freezing.

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Plant a tree

A well-planted tree can save you a lot of money on cooling costs as it blocks incoming heat from coming into the house.

Start recycling

Recycling items takes up less power compared to making something brand new, you can reduce energy by recycling items around the house, such as items like glass jars. Recycling in general is also healthy for the planet!

Extra clothes

Put extra clothes on instead of turning up the heat.

New hobbies

Take up new hobbies that don’t need electricity: jogging, swimming, knitting.

House check ups

Have someone come into your house and check all your energy using appliances to see if anything can be replaced to save you money in the long run.

Go camping

Unplug by leaving electronic gadgets at home. Don’t stay on your phone all day either. Enjoy your time outdoors and use it to reconnect with nature. You can avoid using batteries or having to rely on your vehicle to charge you cell phone by opting for solar chargers.

Stop reading. Start doing

Sitting down all day isn’t going to do anything so get up and do something about it!

Conclusion

And there you have it, 101 ways to save energy in your home. Now, we know that not all the tips may be possible and some are easier to accomplish than others but you can make some changes to your daily habits and still make a difference. And that’s awesome!

Take it a step at a time and don’t get ahead of yourself. Nobody is expecting you to move out to the middle of nowhere and live off the fatta’ the land with a campfire for light, making shadow puppets to entertain yourself. You can still sit in front of your TV and relax. If you can only manage a few of these tips, for now, do that and build your way up.

Take the time to educate yourself on green practices and find out how you can implement changes to your routines to save the planet and cut costs at the same time. It’s a win-win situation. Don’t get caught up on the short term costs because in the long run, you’ll be thanking yourself for taking that first step.

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