We already know that we spend a lot of money on our energy bills over the winter period. From heating our homes to making more use of our indoor lighting as the nights are darker for longer, our energy use skyrockets from around November to January.
However, with the warmer months on the way, we’re already looking forward to cheaper energy bills – but what if there was a way to reduce your energy bills even more?
Use Your Windows Rather than Your Air Conditioning
Temperatures tend to drop during the evening, so rather than keep your fan or air conditioning unit on all night, save some money by simply opening the windows in your bedroom to safely let some cool air circulate while you sleep.
To keep this cool, fresher air in your bedroom, close the curtains or blinds after shutting the window, and shut your door too. Your room should still be relatively cool when you return later.
You can also look into finishes and treatments which not only help keep your home cooler, but can also improve the energy rating of your home, too.
Understand Your Thermostat
Thermostats don’t instantly cool or warm your home so fiddling with one will not drastically help cool your home down. In fact, you will still be paying for the cooling service.
Instead, try and set the thermostat a few degrees lower than the temperature outside your home and although you’ll feel cooler, your bill won’t be as big as there isn’t as much cooling to do.
If you have a smart meter, you can also adjust the temperature of your home to be cooler as you come back home – that way you’re not cooling an empty house and wasting more money!
Cut Back on the Use of Appliances and Lighting
As the days get lighter for longer, you will naturally cut down on the use of lighting in your home. However, you can ensure that your lighting solutions don’t emit as much heat by choosing eco-friendly options. Did you know that incandescent lighting only produces light with 15% of the electricity it receives – the rest is given off as heat!
It’s also the perfect opportunity to take advantage of natural light in the home; if you can get away without having to turn the lights on, try to. You’ll avoid wasting electricity to light an area that you can already see in, and it’s nice to appreciate natural sunlight, too!
Appliance wise, we’re all guilty of half-loading the dishwasher and washing machine, but this is wasteful – the energy is still being used as if it was a full load. Why split up your loads when putting full ones in is much more energy efficient?
Appliances also give off heat as they go about their cycles, so if the day is particularly hot, maybe put off the washing for a day where you won’t be spending as much time in the house.