- Firstly, try to cut down on the amount of air conditioning and/or heating that your home uses. If you’re cold you can put more clothes on or use these handy hints to help warm your house up. If your home is too warm, consider getting insulation or make sure your home is well ventilated.
- When buying new home appliances, invest in products that are energy-efficient. It may cost a little bit more for an energy-efficient product, but it could end up saving you a lot of money in the long-run, especially if it is a regularly used appliance.
- Use appliances less. This goes for washing machines, dryers and dishwashers in particular. For example, try not to use your washing machine unless you have a full load of clothes to wash, rather than doing lots of smaller washes.
- Turn off the lights. If you’re not using the light in a room then you’re wasting energy. On this note, it’s also a good idea to use fluorescent light bulbs instead of incandescent as they are more energy-efficient.
- Turn off “standby” appliances. You know the ones – the TV, DVD player or computer. Sometimes we leave these on for weeks without even using them, and all the while they are using power. So next time you turn off the TV, turn it right off instead of leaving it on standby.
Many of you will already know these tips on saving electricity but we often forget to use them. If you have your own tips on saving electricity around the home we’d love to hear them, so please leave a comment if you have any more.