Energy Saving Tips & Tricks
These simple tips f can help you stop wasting energy and save money.
1. Turn your thermostat down. Reducing your room temperature by 2°F could cut your heating bills by up to 10 percent and typically saves around $80 per year. If you have a programmer, set your heating and hot water to come on only when required rather than all the time.
2. Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat should be set at 140°F.
3. Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows and check for draughts around windows and doors.
4. Always turn off the lights when you leave a room.
5. Don’t leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily.
6. If possible, fill up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher: one full load uses less energy than two half loads.
7. A dripping hot water faucet wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath, so fix leaking taps and make sure they’re fully turned off!
8. Use energy saving lightbulbs. They last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs, and using one can save you around $70 over the lifetime of the bulb. This saving could be around $200 over its lifetime if you’re replacing a high wattage incandescent bulb, or one used for more than a few hours a day.
9. Make sure your home is properly insulated. Your attic insulation should be 11 inches depth.