Save Money Around The Home By Being More Energy Efficient

You don’t need to invest in solar panels or take any other drastic measures in order to save money around the home. In fact, sometimes a few simple changes can help you to really reap the benefits.

Lower your Thermostat

It’s always a good idea for you to lower the temperature on your thermostat when you are away from home. If you are able to drop the temperature by three or even five degrees then you can reduce your monthly bill significantly, not to mention that you will use way less energy as well. If you are able to lower your thermostat by 15 degrees while you are at work or turn your heating off altogether, then this can easily cut down your energy bills by 15% a year.

Compost

You don’t need to have a huge garden or yard in order to start a compost pile. Compost is essentially organic waste that is kept in a pile. The waste decomposes over time, and it then becomes valuable fertiliser for your garden or plants. This will save you from buying compost every year and it is also way better for your plants as well.

It’s All about the Low-Flow

Installing a low-flow showerhead can significantly improve your home’s overall water efficiency. Low-flow showerheads have a flow rate that is usually around 2.5 GPM or less. Most standard showerheads have a flow rate of 5 GPM, so you can easily see the difference. If you get one of these installed then you will be reducing the water usage in your home by well over half, and this can make a significant difference to your home.

Limit Space Heaters

Electric and even gas space heaters will keep your home nice and toasty, especially in cooler weather. They aren’t however the most efficient way for you to heat your home. A lot of space heaters will use well over 1,500 watts and they are also very expensive to run. If you want to cut down on the cost by a huge amount then invest in some blankets, layer your clothing or even purchase a more efficient heating system. This will really lower your bills and it will help your home to become more energy efficient. If you are struggling to keep your home warm, then consider investing in double glazing. Timber doors are also a great way for you to trap the heat in.

Always Turn Off your Water

The average homeowner can save a fortune by making small changes to their water usage. So the next time you are brushing your teeth over the sink, or when you shave, turn off the tap. Having a bath will use around 75 gallons of water, whereas having a shower will use 17.2 gallons. It’s not hard to see the cost-saving benefits of choosing the latter, and when you do start to make decisions like this, you will soon see that it is easier than ever for you to make your home more energy efficient.

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