We all want to save the environment and be more environment friendly, but not many of us realise that taking the first steps towards doing this can be achieved at home.
The simplest of things can be done to reduce the amount of power being used in the home, and yet people don’t know of them. Well fear not, because we have some tips and hints to help you save some power!
1) Make sure you are not on standby
Having appliances on standby can cost a lot of energy and money, which people often forget or don’t know about. By simply unplugging devices or using a standby saver, you can save up to 150kg of CO2 a year.
2) Energy efficient lighting
Lighting often account for 10 – 15% off the electricity bill and energy can really be saved by swapping your traditional light bulbs for energy saving ones. A smart meter can often help you with how much energy you would be saving, and there is barely any cost difference!
3) Rechargeable batteries
The UK throws away around 650 million batteries a year which can poison the soil and pollute landfill sites. Make sure you save on your battery consumption by investing in some rechargeable batteries. They save energy and the higher cost of them can be saved after at least 5 charges. The cost for recharging the batteries is also minimal.
4) Watch your washing to be environment friendly
Wash your clothes on a setting of 40 at least, if not 30, to save energy. You can also try eco-friendly washing kits that can last for 1000 washes so that you are not constantly pouring soap out into drains. These washing kits are relatively inexpensive and can help you save money as well as help the environment.
5) Buy energy efficient appliances
Energy efficient appliances, such as eco kettles, can be great for saving the environment from the comfort of your home. These kettles can save electricity by having a double chamber than allows you to measure out exactly how much water you wish to boil, so you’re not using energy that you don’t need. You may need to work on clearance of your old appliances, so you would do well to look for the services of a junk removal company if you want to keep things eco-friendly. Waste removal is also one way of handling things when you’re moving or you have just moved in. Home clearance and office clearance are often offered by companies in most residential areas, so you would do well to use their services rather than handling things on your own and without a clearance company.
6) Save energy from your fridge
Although its time consuming and messy, defrosting and clearing out your fridge can have a real impact on the environment. Keeping your fridge at the right temperature will save money and make sure your food lasts longer, and you can often buy a fridge thermometer to keep track of the temperature inside it. Stopping the build up of ice can often be achieved with an anti-ice mat, which means your fridge will not be working so hard and it will be kinder to the environment.
7) Time your showers
Water conservation is very important if you want to be environment friendly, and if you’re worried about your showers going on for too long, you can time them with a handy shower timer to ensure that you can track your showers. Taking a 5 minute shower each day can save up to 400 litres of water a week, which is great news for the environment.
As the temperatures drop, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to turn on the heat to full blast. If your house is well insulated, you may not even need to turn on your heating at all, but if you do, economise by lowering the thermostat a little and putting on a jumper. There’s lots of comfy knitwear out there! Lowering your thermostat by 1.5 degrees can save up to 10% off heating bills and reduce the greenhouse gases you produce by a tonne. Great news for environment friendly people!