The walls and roof are the usual suspects when it comes to energy loss in a home but windows play a significant role too and are often overlooked when it comes to saving on energy bills. However, there are many window treatments available, not only for decoration but for energy-saving and efficiency too. Various treatments are designed to enhance heat gain in the summer and minimise heat loss in the winter, but there are many different methods for you to choose from, some of them more specialised than others.
FACT: NO-one likes to throw money down the proverbial drain. Yet, we ALL do this every day. True, it may only be a couple of pence here and there on a daily basis, but as my nan always says: Look after the pennies and the pounds take care of themselves!
So how much money are we wasting day to day? Different household appliances use different amounts of electricity, and it certainly pays to be aware of how much you can save my turning things off. Read my tips below and see the reduction in your energy bill next month!
Ensure that you turn off all lights, including night lights. For security purposes you can set up energy-efficient lamps on timers.
If you are headed for a long vacation, you can turn the heater off at the breaker or set to the lowest temperature.
If you are going to spend a better part of the weekend or month away from your apartment or home, it is advisable to switch off the air conditioner. In case you have pets in the house and don’t plan to take them along during your vacation, it is advisable to leave them with your neighbour or close friend.
Ensure that your TV, decoder, and home theatre are switched off and unplugged when you are planning for a vacation or weekend away.
Whether you own a desktop computer or laptop, ensure that the machine is switched off and unplugged when not in use.
Your deep freezer will definitely not be in use when you are away. In addition, consider emptying your refrigerator and unplugging it. Microwaves, coffee makers and toaster ovens should be unplugged when not in use.
Swimming pool heater
Unless you are planning to take a swim, the heater should always be switched off at all times to minimize energy consumption.
Mobile phone chargers
The amount of energy consumed by your mobile phone chargers might seem minute, even negligible but it has a severe effect when you factor in other appliances and electronics left plugged in. These chargers are the easiest to unplug, always ensure that you unplug them when not in use.