Tips to Save Energy in Your Home

Heating & Cooling

Tips to Save Energy in Your Home

 

When it comes to the high utility bills, heating and cooling are up there. Fortunately, there are some tips and habits you can start implementing today and cut energy consumption in your household. Corgi Home Plan will keep on top of your boiler maintenance making sure that it is working efficiently at all times.

1. Lower the Thermostat a Few Degrees

Consider setting the thermostat between 10 to 15 degrees when you’re not at home and when sleeping. Nowadays, there are programmable thermostats that do this automatically and so, you don’t have to worry about forgetting. Doing this for 8 hours will reduce your annual heating and cooling bill by about 10%.

 

Tips to Save Energy in Your Home

 

2. Adjust the Freezer and Fridge Temperature

Set your freezer between 0 and 5 degrees and the refrigerator at 38 degrees. These appliances will not have to work as hard and your food will remain fresh. 

3. Fix Leaky Ductwork

One of the best ways to improve the efficiency of the heating and cooling units is to fix leaky HVAC ducts. 

4. Check Seals on the Doors, Windows, and Appliances

Also, you will want to ensure the doors and windows are properly sealed. The same applies to the freezer and fridge. A bad seal allows energy to escape, increasing your utility bills in the process. 

 

 

Water

Tips to Save Energy in Your Home

 

Hot water is undeniably a primary expense in most households. As such, cutting back on hot water consumption, be it in the shower, dishwasher or laundry can make significant savings in your annual utility bill. 

1. Fix Leaky Faucets

The dripping sound from leaky faucets is not only frustrating but ends up wasting a lot of water over time. 

2. Avoid Doing Laundry in Hot Water

Washing clothes in hot water not only reduces their lifespan but ends up costing you a lot in terms of energy usage. So, turn to warm or cold water for your laundry.

3. Replace the Showerhead

A showerhead that’s efficient will cut your water usage by around 2,7000 gallons per year. Ensure you pick a showerhead with the WaterSense label, as it meets the Environmental Protection Agency’s efficiency criteria. 

4. Take Shorter Showers

It goes without saying that if you spend less time in the shower, you will use less water. By simply cutting 2 minutes off your shower time, you can reduce water consumption by about 5 gallons. 

5. Adjust Your Water Heater’s Temperature

The default setting on water heaters is usually 140 degrees. Adjusting it to 120 degrees can cut your water heating costs by around 10%. If you are leaving home for several days, ensure you set the heater to the lowest setting in order to save energy. 

6. Get Energy Efficient Appliances

Household appliances have innovated and improved in the past several years and so if you are shopping for a new water heater, dishwasher, etc., ensure you get an energy-efficient model. This will save you a lot of money during its lifespan.

A dishwasher with an Energy Star certification, for example, uses 3.5 gallons of water per cycle, compared to the 10 gallons or more used by older iterations. Also, prioritize appliances that you use more often, such as HVAC system, fridge, dehumidifier, washer and dryer, TV, water heater, etc. 

7. Ask about Discounts

Some utility companies provide cheaper rates at certain times, making energy-intensive chores like laundry up to 25% less expensive during off-peak periods. 

 

Power & Lighting

Tips to Save Energy in Your Home

Keeping electronic devices and lights on accounts for at least 11% of an average household’s energy consumption. So what should you do to reduce this? 

1. Switch to LED Bulbs

By simply switching your most-used light fixtures with LED bulbs, you can save up to £75 per year on your electricity bill. 

2. Get Dimmer Switches

Dimmer switches allow you to adjust the brightness in a room to match your needs. You get to set the mood while saving electricity. 

3. Consider Smart Power Strips

Some devices never really shut down, but instead say on standby mode, which still consumes electricity. By plugging your gadgets into power strips, the power to the devices is cut off when they are not in use.

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