Today it is so important to save energy around the home. It will not only save you money but it will have a positive impact on the environment. Here are a few simple things that you can do to make a difference.
Using a Microwave
Most homes have a microwave these days but most people don’t realize that it is much easier, more cost-effective and much more environmentally-friendly to use. This is because the food is cooked quickly, so less energy is used. Most people see microwaves as just something that is convenient when they are in a rush, but they can be so much more than that.
Water is a precious commodity even though the planet is covered with it. People just use it without thinking, but by reducing water consumption you can save energy as well as make an impact on the environment. For example, if you are cooking, you only need to have just enough water in the pan to cover the food that is being cooked. Filling the pan with water means that not only are you using too much water anyway, but you will use far more energy in the cooking process.
Everybody knows that by turning down the central heating just by one or two degrees, you will save energy and money and you will barely notice the difference in your home. The same applies to laundry. Why wash things at high temperatures when this is going to cost you a lot more and be damaging to the environment? Most items will clean perfectly well at lower temperatures. Consider washing items at either 30 or 40°C.
Energy Saving Versions
There are energy-saving versions of many items now. From lightbulbs to fridge freezers, it is not difficult to ensure that when you replace items in your home that you choose an energy-saving version. If you did this each time, then you will find that you are saving a great deal of energy over time, which also translates into cost savings for you.
Switch Gadgets Off
This is a very easy thing that everyone in the home can try. How many people will leave a phone charger plugged in all the time, even if they are not using it? This is something that we are all guilty of. By simply unplugging the charger you will not be using up energy unnecessarily. And it is no hardship to do so, you had to go to the charger to get your phone after all – just unplug it while you are there. The same applies to all other appliances. Anything that you are not using at that moment that is not meant to be continuously running can be switched off at the plug. Consider the kettle. Why leave it switched on at the plug if you are not using it? Get into good habits by switching things off when you don’t need them.