We all want to do our bit for the planet. Whether that involves leaving the car at home and walking to work, recycling all your paper and cardboard, or making small changes in your home; there is always something we can do.
But ‘going green’ doesn’t always come cheap.
Solar panels and roof insulation for example are great ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home, but they cost a small fortune. Sure, they make the money back eventually; but it’s a long time before you start saving anything.
Here are five tips for making your home more energy efficient, without breaking the bank:
1. Heating and air conditioning
Keeping your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer is often one of the biggest expenses you’ll have. However, it is possible to make your current unit more energy efficient without spending a fortune.
For instance, you should switch out the filters regularly as these can get clogged with dust and dirt. If your unit is blocked, it will have to work harder to do its job which could be costing you money in the long run. You should also make sure you only use the heating or air conditioning when you really need to.
A final tip is to turn the temperature on your thermostat down by 1 or 2 degrees. While you won’t notice any difference to the heating in your home, you will notice a considerably smaller bill. This is one of the best ways to save energy without spending any money at all.
Saving money on your electricity bill is really simple; but so many people fail to make these changes and just keep over spending. Some top tips for cutting your electricity expenditure include:
- Turn lights off when you’re not in the room
- Unplug electrical goods when not in use
- Switch sockets off when there’s nothing plugged in
- Invest in power strips with on/off switches to cut costs
- Switch to energy-saving light bulbs
3. Affordable insulation
As we’ve mentioned, improving the insulation of your home is often very expensive. However, there are a number of budget alternatives that will help you make a property more energy efficient. Simply purchase a tube of caulk and plug up any holes and leaks around your windows, doors, and flooring. You can also add weather stripping to exterior doors as another measure to improve insulation and drive down your bills.
4. Water bills
Cutting your water bills is as simple as cutting your electricity bills. By turning the tap off when you brush your teeth, take shorter showers (and shower instead of bath), run your dishwasher only when it’s full, and wearing clothes more than once before you wash them; you can help drive down the costs of your bills.
Our final tip for making your home more energy efficient without spending a small fortune is to make sure you only purchase ‘green’ appliances. Everything from freezers to dishwashers are now marked with an energy efficiency rating; helping you make an informed decision.
Replacing all your appliances will obviously cost a great deal. But when you do need to make a new purchase, be sure to buy the ‘greenest’ appliance you can afford. These, in conjunction with all the aforementioned tips, will help you cut your bills and live in a more energy efficient home.
As you can see then, ‘going green’ doesn’t have to cost the Earth. In fact, there are a whole host of affordable – and even free – ways you can cut your bills. By making these small changes habit, you should be able to make your home more energy efficient.
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