AD| There are two things that are becoming quite important to me, even more so since I’ve had Leo and that’s:
- taking care of our world for future generations
- taking care of the pennies to give my son a great start in life
So reducing the cost of my energy bills is something that kills two birds with one stone – as reducing how much energy I use will help the environment while also reducing the cost of my energy bills! Sounds good to me.
There is more I could be doing in my home to reduce energy consumption. I am a creature of habit so I often do things without thinking, so I really need to focus to make sure I’m trying my best to reduce energy use. It’s so easy when you’re relaxed in your own home to go about your daily business without even considering how long you’re in the shower for. So it’s time to make more of an effort to live a little greener!
Switch to LED bulbs
LED lights are more energy-efficient than regular bulbs or halogen bulbs. Did you know that LED bulbs are as bright as halogen ones while using 85% less energy? So it’s time to make the switch to LED panels and bulbs today!
Other benefits of LED lighting include longer life, they’re bright, you can get a range of colours, they expel low heat and are reliable!
Change energy provider
Switching your energy provider can be a great way to save money, you can also earn extra money through TopCashback by doing this! Sign up to TopCashback and search ‘energy’. There are many offers such as £50 for doing a comparison quote and switching, up to £190 cashback with SSE energy and more. So it’s worth a shot if you are close to the renewal date!
Wash your clothes at a lower temperature
We use a quick wash at 30 degrees most of the time. It’s a 28-minute wash which is fine for most clothes! Some of Leos clothes need a bit more if he’s been sicky, but our clothes don’t need a two hour wash on 40 degrees at all!
Turn down the thermostat
As we would say in Yorkshire ‘just put a jumper on’ and ‘shut the door, were you born in a barn!’. Think twice before putting your heating on and see if you really need to. Make sure all your windows are shut and you’ve layered up!
Also, have your heating on a timer. If you get up for work early just set it to come on before your alarm so you don’t have it on all night.
Be smart about water
There are a few things you can do to save on water, have a look at these ideas:
- take showers instead of baths
- use a washing up bowl for washing up instead of a running tap
- take shorter showers
- buy a more efficient showerhead
Use energy-efficient appliances
When you need to replace your appliances, ensure you pick energy efficient ones. Did you know that most appliances now have the energy rating on the product? It makes it so easy to tell what products will use less energy and save money!
Turn things off at the plug
Rather than leaving things on standby, switch things off by the plug while they’re not in use. If you’ve got plug sockets in awkward places, consider investing in plugs that you can switch on and off with Google Home or Alexa.
These are just a few ideas, I’m sure there’s loads more ways to say energy and money at home! I’d love to hear about the ways your save energy and money in your home!
Check out these 25 ways to save energy!