Like the millions of people around the world, you’re probably stuck at home right now. Among the many issues you have with that fact, rising power bills don’t help. It’s no secret that the longer you stay at home, the higher the bills are when they come. So while you’re waiting for this pandemic to be over, here’s how to lower your energy bills:
Replace Your Lightbulbs
Despite the EU ban on incandescent lightbulbs, many UK homes still use them. If your home is one of those, it’s time to make the switch.
Switching to LED lighting is the way. The benefits of LED lightbulbs outnumber and outweigh those of the alternative.
- They can last up to 25 times longer.
- They are extremely energy-efficient and ecologically sound.
- They are very durable and tough.
- They almost have no UV emissions.
- They come in a variety of designs too.
- They can work in extreme temperatures.
Make the switch today and see the results in your next bill. According to the Guardian, the UK Government said the use of LED lighting can save the country as much as £108m in ten years.
Mind Your Heating and Cooling System
The heating in your home is the most expensive cost in your power bills. Making sure you stay on top of it is a surefire way to up your energy and money savings.
- Switching to a smart thermostat will give you the ability to program it to adjust to the times of the day. It can lower when you’re outside (buying grocery) or asleep. This small change can save you a ton without upgrading your HVAC system.
- Dry lining your walls can lower your energy consumption by creating a more insulated room and conserving heat. Thankfully, there are still many stores that offer dry lining tools for sale.
- Using cold water to wash clothes will reduce the use of energy while still cleaning your wardrobe.
- Your air filter catches dust, pollen, and other small objects. Because of this, your heating and cooling system cannot work in optimal condition. Replacing your filter will help your system run efficiently.
- Reduce heat loss by making sure your windows and doors don’t have leaks. Openings and broken seals allow heat to escape and over time this will amount to a lot. Replace seals when necessary. You can also install more energy-efficient doors and windows.
Check Your Appliances
Older or appliances with issues tend to use up more energy. Make sure they are all running in prime condition. If not, investing in newer, more energy-efficient ones can save you more in the long run. Modern products usually have energy-saving ratings with relevant information to help you decide which ones to get.
The same is true for power lines. Power lines with issues waste energy and are potentially dangerous. Have your lines checked regularly to avoid this.
Phantom loads or the energy that is used by your electronic devices while on standby also add up. Using smart power strips will solve this issue. These strips shut off the power when not in use. You can program them to turn on and off at designated times.
While you’re at home, make sure you save as much energy and money as possible while waiting for this outbreak to be over.