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How to Save Money (and the Planet) Through Energy Efficiency

by Tiffany in A Green Home

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Finding a way to lower your electricity bills is appealing to everyone, but in this day and age we are also very concerned about our environmental impact. People are making greener choices all around.

If you would like to make some adjustments at home, and you are keen to remain green, here are some tips on how you can save money and be more energy efficient:

Adjust your everyday habits

You can achieve great savings through simple adjustments of your daily habits. Get yourself into the habit of turning your lights off when you leave a room, unplugging your devices when they are not being charged and only running the dishwasher and washing machine when needed.

Convenient electrical switches

An efficient option for your home is to ensure you have quality electrical switches located in convenient places. This way, you have better access to them and can easily flip the switch to “off “. You could, for example, place a light switch near your front door so you can turn the lights off when you leave the house or a switch to disconnect power from a gas furnace in a place that is easy to get to.

Better light bulbs

Low-voltage and efficient products avoid waste. You can switch over to greener light bulbs, such as compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs, to cut your electrical bill down.

Appliances

High quality electrical devices and products with A++ rating have the most efficient energy rating and can help you save money and energy without having to make huge changes to your daily activities. Simply check the quality of the next device or appliance you buy.

Prepare your house for even greater efficiency

When you have energy efficient appliances and products, you must take measures to retain energy in the home. The appliances and products can only get you so far, so it is important to ensure your home is ready for greater energy efficiency.

For example, your windows are extremely important. If they are inefficient and have an air-leak or another issue, it is easy to crank up the heat or air conditioning without realizing there is actually a problem with your windows. You could invest in new, efficient, double-glazed windows or improve your existing windows by sealing and draft-proofing them.

Overall, it takes a combination of paying attention to your day-to-day habits and ensuring you have an efficient home set-up to improve your energy efficiency. In turn, you will have lower energy bills, and thus more money in your pocket, and help save our planet at the same time.

  • Michelle Knight

    These tips are great money savers, especially the windows. Once we started covering ours with plastic in the winter it really helped our bill.

  • Thank you for tips and measures to save electricity and bills as well.