Ways to make your home more energy efficient

Ways to live a little greener

Making your home more energy efficient is a great way to not only do your part to save the planet but to save you money. Here are a few ways to live a little greener.

To ensure that you are living at maximum energy efficiency you can start small by sealing windows and generally making sure that your house is properly insulated. This will go a long way in ensuring that you aren’t losing unnecessary heat in the colder months. When it comes to heat, try to limit your space heater use as much as possible. Dress warmly and invest in warm, fluffy blankets instead. In the warmer months, insulation will also help trap cooler air in your home.

Switch off your geyser during the day and only switch it on again when you get home in the evening. You can also save a vast amount of energy switching to cold water when washing laundry. Invest in low-flow fixtures and appliances such as toilets, shower heads and washing machines.

There should be no reason to have any lights switched on during the day. Open up the blinds and windows and let in the sunshine. You should also replace all incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs. They last a lot longer and are far more energy efficient.

An important, energy-saving habit to introduce in your home is to switch off all lights when you leave an area and unplug unused chargers. Chargers still consume energy when they’re not in use. Generally practice switching off all gadgets when they’re not in use. Switching from a hefty desktop computer to a laptop is yet another way to save on electricity and money.

And finally, you may want to consider having solar panels installed. They are fast becoming a more popular option to generate electricity in the most eco-friendly way possible.


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Written by Taryn Hill

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