Extravagance and wastefulness are passé nowadays. More and more people care about the environment while looking for ways to save some money. Luckily, very often, these ways are the same. For example, being energy efficient is both eco-friendly and reasonably economical. What can you do to achieve that in your household?
- Compareelectricity rates. Make sure that the services you chose really are the best possible option. If not, don’t be afraid to change it. Do thorough research, go online and ask around. It will be worth it.
- Check if there are cheaper electricity rates for off-peak hours in your town. If there are, it may be a good idea to schedule your laundry, turn on a water heater or a dishwasher for that time of the day (or night).
- Get a programmable thermostat. It’s possible to program them to use less energy when nobody’s home or when you don’t need it (when you’re working or you’re sleeping).
- Protect your house from the sun. Keep your curtains and blinds closed on the sunny side of your home. It will prevent the rooms from getting heated and will help you cut down on air conditioning.
- Make sure your house is well-insulated and there aren’t any draughts. It will allow you to reduce the amount of energy that powers up the heating systems.
- Wash full loads. Don’t turn on your dishwasher if it’s half-empty – the same with the washing machine. Both devices use a lot of electricity so use them only when they’re full to be efficient.
- Use clotheslines or drying racks. It’s not necessary to use a drying machine every time you do laundry. There are ways to keep your clothes from getting stiff when they dry naturally, so there are no excuses.
If you want to know more about saving money on your energy bills, check out this infographic: