It is the strongest that survive and in this economy you want to be amongst those at the top of the ladder, it is important that whilst you are looking for new ways to earn some money on the side, you also find tips to help you save some money. One way to save easily in your own home is reduce your energy consumption. Energy whether for heating or cooking is one of the highest bills you may be paying at the end of the month. Slice that bill by half and invest the money elsewhere by following these 5 easy steps.
- Appliances that minimize energy consumption
Appliances consume a lot of energy in our homes and though they perform vital domestic functions, most of the energy they consume simply end up being wasted.
Take a light bulb for instance, a normal 100 watts bulb provides sufficient light for your home. You need the light but not the heat it dissipates. You will be surprised to learn that about half of the energy consumed by a single light bulb goes to waste in the form of heat energy. On the other hand, if you were to use an incandescent fluorescent light bulb you would save close to 50% percent of the energy consumed.
Now calculate the number of bulbs you have in your home and imagine how much you would save in your electricity bill. The bulb is not the only appliance therefore, make it habit of inquiring before any purchase the energy efficiency of any appliance. Also, replace old appliances such as heaters and boilers with the modern designs that use less energy yet serve the same purpose. Doing so will make you a much richer person at the end of every month.
- Use appliances well
You may be ahead of the game and know about energy efficient home appliances but you may fall culprit to the bad habit of using these appliances wrongly. Minimize your energy consumption further by being wise in usage.
- Instead of heating minimal amounts of food with the oven, use the microwave instead. It uses less energy and is faster.
- When doing your laundry unless it is necessary, avoid using hot water for the wash and adjust settings to cold or slightly warm. Most of the energy goes to heating the water and not even washing the clothes.
- If possible, hang the clothes out to dry instead of tumble dry with the machine.
- Also, have a set timetable for doing your laundry so that you always have a full wash to save on energy. If you can change to the front load machine, which saves water use by about 40 % and energy consumption by 50%.
- The refrigerator is another high-energy consumer in your home. Ensure you keep the door closed at all times and avoid placing hot or warm food in the fridge as it consumes more energy. Also allow some room between the back of the fridge to reduce further its energy consumption
- Turn off when not in use
Most people turn off appliances using the remote instead of the power button. This only keeps items on standby and they still consume electricity. The best thing is to switch them off completely at the socket and if going away for a while unplug the appliance from the socket. You save over 20% of energy when you do so.
- Enjoy the natural sun
You need not always use appliances to regulate temperature in your home. Use simple tips such as opining windows and blinds during the day. You let in the sun and allow air circulation. Close the blinds before night to keep the heat in and the cold breeze out for the night.
- Invest in the community with solar gardens
Contribute to a greener and clean environment by getting a community solar garden. Not only do you get clean and cheap energy for your home but you can earn some income for your family. You only need to get photovoltaic panels, set them up on a suitable land. Each member owns shares of the project and gets income as well as energy for their homes from the project. Get a few members in your residential area and get a solar garden and let each member own shares of the project.
About the author: This guest post is written by home decor blogger Tom Cranmore. He works for Talk Solar Panels, providers of quality solar panels.