A large part of the average household's income is spent on the energy that is used both inside and outside of the family home.
As we move further into the 21st century, energy resources are going to become more scarce, and energy generation is going to become more expensive, leading to even higher energy bills for homeowners. The list below shows where that energy spending takes place for the average family:
- Heating of living paces 31%
- Cooling of living spaces 12%
- Heating water 12%
- Lighting the home 11%
- Powering computers and home electronics 9%
- Powering electrical appliances 8%
- Refrigeration 8%
- Miscellaneous 9%
Here are some energy saving tips that could save you a small fortune over the course of a year, and help you to keep your energy spending under control.
- Have a modern thermostat installed on your heating system. This will put you in control of when your heating comes on, or goes off, even if you are not at home to flick the switch.
- Insulate your attic with at least 300mm of good quality insulation to prevent heat leaking out of your roof.
- Ask other members of the family to shut outside doors when not in use to help keep your precious heat inside the building. If you have young children, then have automatic closers fitted to the outer doors.
- Make sure that the thermostat on your hot water heater is turned down to 120F, and have your hot water tank fitted with an insulating jacket that conforms to the latest government recommendations.
- Use the shower instead of the bath. A short shower requires much less heated water than filling the whole bath.
- Try to avoid washing half loads in the washing machine and dishwasher, as washing a half load uses almost the same amount of electricity as washing a full load.
- Always turn off electrical appliances at the wall because even on standby these appliances will still be using a considerable amount of power.
- Change all of your lightbulbs so that you are using low energy fluorescent bulbs instead, large power savings can be made on dark winter nights by following this tip. Note that full spectrum light fluorescent bulbs can now be obtained that mimic full sunlight, thereby helping those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
- Drive a little slower and be more considerate to other road users, and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination when driving. Lowering your speed and driving less aggressively will reduce the amount of gas you are using, and also minimise the amount of wear and tear on the moving parts of your car saving you money.
Try following the advice above and make some great savings in your household energy bills starting today.