With the increasing costs of daily living, we are always on the look out for ways to save that extra penny. We should look no farther than our own home. Read on and find some savings tips in our home.
There are lots of saving ideas that are very practical and easy to implement at our home. We just need to be aware so we can take advantage of the saving opportunities. In the long run, not only does it bring great savings but it also helps the environment enormously.
Here are some tips that I have collated:
- Turn off lights and appliances when not needed. Appliances on standby consume about 10% of our electric bill.
- Switch to compact fluorescent lamps that consume less energy. Compact fluorescent bulbs use 75% less than the incandescent bulb. It may cost more initially, but more energy is saved and the bulbs last longer.
- Cut hot water consumption by installing a shower head with 3 star rating. It would also help if you can reduce your shower time.
- When you buy a new refrigerator, freezer, heater, air conditioner or dishwasher, choose one of with a high number of stars for energy or water. When you buy a home entertainment product or computer, look for the energy star label.
- Use cold water to wash clothes, then let dry in the sun. This may not be as effective in winter, but you can take advantage of the sun during summer.
- Keep the refrigerator clean and airy. Make sure door seals are clean and closes firmly. Place refrigerators and freezers in cool places and away from direct sunlight. Recommended operating temperature for a fridge is 3 to 5 degrees. Lower temperatures will cost more to run.
- When heating water in a kettle, ensure that you only put enough water for your need so as not to waste too much energy.
- Installation of insulation, shading and draft-sealing. Do not let the heat escape.
- If your home has a heating or cooling, set the thermostat correctly. Every time you turn it up one degree in summer and down in winter, it can save you about 10 percent of energy.
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