As the weather becomes more inclement, you can expect to see a spike in your electricity bills as you try to keep the cold at bay. However, there are a few simple steps you can take to minimize the amount of energy needed to heat your home and in so doing save cash.
From properly insulating your house to simply dressing for the season, weve compiled 10 easy tips to cut your homes energy use â youll thank us when you receive your next electricity bill!
1) Purchase an energy monitoring device/power strip to understand where you are using the most energy
Reducing your energy consumption is difficult to achieve without knowledge of your usage. Hence, our recommendation that you invest in an energy-monitoring device that will allow you to visualize and quantify how much electricity youre actually consuming. These smart little devices can save you hundreds of euro â a nice return on investment
2) Get a smart power strip and start to unplugging unneeded electronics
Simply not using a charger, television or computer doesnt mean the device is not still sucking up electricity (and costing you money). One way to combat this problem is to unplug your electronics when idle, but if that seems cumbersome, you can acquire an eco powerstrip which automatically cuts off the supply of electricity to computers and other gadgets when they are off.
3) Switch all of your light bulbs to LEDs
When the days shorten you end up switching on lights much earlier, so its vital you ensure your bulbs are as energy-efficient as possible. We recommend you deploy LEDs. High quality LED bulbs can now be found at many major retailers at reasonable costs.
Not only do modern LED bulbs consume 80 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescents, but current LEDs are also much improved in comparison to their forerunners – now designed to provide soft, warm ambient light, rather than the harsh bluish light that was a feature previously.
Although LED bulbs cost about 10X more than incandescent bulbs its worth bearing in mind that they last 25X longer, which means that you wont ever have to buy new lightbulbs, plus youll save a ton of money on your electricity bill. As we approach December its also worth checking out LED Christmas lights as these are more energy efficient.
4) Invest in a smart thermos
If you have an old-fashioned thermostat, youre essentially paying to have your house heated during the day when youre not even there. With a smart thermostat you can program your heating and cooling systems to only turn on at your behest.
5) Dress for the weather and turn your thermostat down a few degrees
You can save cash by simply dressing a little warmer during the colder months. If you form the habit of wearing sweaters, slippers and blankets around your home, you can turn your thermostat down a bit and remain completely comfortable.
6) Get an energy audit (or Do It Yourself with a Spot Thermometer / Infrared Gun)
During an energy audit a professional auditor will inspect your whole home to identify
any problem areas where heat could be leaking out, and recommend exactly what you can do to fix them.
Alternatively, you can try DIY energy auditing using a spot thermometer or infrared gun. These handy tools detect exactly where your home is leaking heat so that you can patch up those areas with insulation.
7) Seal all home leaks with insulation
Theres no such thing as too much insulation â the more the better! Typically, one half of
your homes heating and cooling will escape through walls, windows, the floor and the roof, so if these areas arent properly insulated, heating your home will be considerably more expensive.
Once youve identified the leaks origin (using the infrared gun described above), spend some time bulking up your insulation in those spots. Click here to select from the different types of insulation we offer and learn where they should be applied.
8) Invest in well-insulated, super-sealed windows
In order to minimize the amount of toasty winter heat leaking out of a drafty window, make
sure that all of your glass is at least double-paned. Triple pane or double pane with argon or some sort of insulation material between the glass is even better.
Its equally important that the trim of the window around the glass is sturdy and well insulated, so that you do not have just a layer of metal between you and frigid winter air.
âSee our range of energy efficient windows here.â
9) Use blinds, shades & window treatments effectively
Your choice of window treatments & use thereof can significantly warm a room (or cool it down). During the day, direct sunlight pouring through your window will noticeably heat up a room. In order to heat up the room, roll those blinds up and let in the light! â
Likewise, if you are trying to cool this same room down, roll a thick, sunlight blocking shade over the window. Drawing the shades or curtains at night will maximize heat retention in a bedroom.
10)Turn down your heat and hang out in the kitchen when you cook and bake
There is little as comforting on a freezing day than some hot soup or delectable baked
goods. Since youll be turning on your oven anyway, why not turn off your heat and hang out in the kitchen for a while?
While its true that our ovens need electricity (or gas) to operate too, if youre going to be whipping up some cookies, cakes, soups or casseroles anyway, it would be prudent to re-purpose all of that hot air to keep yourself warm. Besides the money you save by not double heating your home & the mouth watering aromas wafting through the air provide another incentive!