There are many simple ways around the home in which we can conserve energy and every member of the family can contribute. A very simple start is turning off appliances when not in use. This can include your TVs and entertainment systems when not in use and by turning those off at the mains as apposed to putting them on stand-by which uses up expensive electricity.
Turning down your heating system during the summer months or in some case’s turning it off altogether will have huge savings over a yearly heating budget. A lagging jacket on your emersion heater will also have savings. If it’s the case where the home heating is also used to heat water, the lagging jacket will prevent heat loss and therefore the heating system will not have to be constantly on during the most expensive day time hours.
Better use of Appliances
Using your washing appliances more efficiently will have considerable savings by not running them during peak hours. The peak time is between 4-6 pm. The optimum times for using these appliances are early in the morning or late at night when electricity is not in high demand. Putting a full load on as apposed to a half a load will conserve huge amounts of energy.Use the clothes line to dry clothes when the weather permits as apposed to using the high energy consuming clothes dryer or radiators.
Other methods of Saving Energy around the home
Energy efficient light bulbs although a little more expensive, will conserve huge amounts of energy over their lifespan. They use far less electricity than the regular incandescent light bulbs and their lifespan is much longer.
Insure your home is properly insulated is one of the best ways to conserve energy at home. Insufficient insulation causes the most loss of energy in the home and this normally occurs through the walls and roof of the home. A solution to this is to get the walls of your home pumped with liquid insulation and increase the amount of insulation in your attic.
This has a double benefit by keeping the house at an optimum temperature during the winter months and
cool during the summer. Insuring all leaks and openings around pipes are properly sealed all prevent heat loss,
Weather-strip, seal, and caulk leaky doors and windows, and install foam gaskets behind outlet covers.