Reducing your utilization is one of the best methods to lower your energy costs. Here is all you should know about energy efficiency, along with money-saving advice for lowering your rates.
Why save energy?
The main benefit of reducing how much energy you use at home is you’ll save money on your gas and electricity bills, but making your home more energy efficient can also have huge environmental benefits.
Here are seven simple ways to reduce your use and improve your home’s energy efficiency.
1. Pull the plug
Even when not in use, home appliances kept on standby use electricity. When you’re not using an appliance, turn it off at the wall to save money on electricity, especially if you have a busy household.
Instead of leaving these appliances on standby, think about unplugging them:
2. Turn it down
Heating and hot water use up a significant percentage of our energy costs, so adjusting the thermostat and minimizing heat use are simple ways to save money.
Here are some easy actions you can take:
3. Take control
Avoid wasting energy by heating your house while you’re away or sleeping. To accommodate your everyday schedule, schedule your heating and hot water.
4. Cook with care
The kitchen consumes a significant amount of household energy, but there are simple improvements you can do to save energy.
5. Take a shower
Use more energy to heat the water if you enjoy taking long, deep baths or power showers.
Consider taking a standard shower instead of a full bath since it utilizes only 20% of the energy. If you have a power shower, turn the pressure down and take shorter showers.
Keep baths brief and shallow if you don’t have a shower.
6. Keep it cool
When it comes to energy conservation, making sure your fridge and freezer work effectively can be very beneficial.
7. Hang it out
Use caution when using the tumble dryer because it is one of our homes’ priciest appliances and uses about 2.5 kilowatt hours (kWh) each hour. Dry your clothing outside in good weather or on a clothes horse in a warm room on rainy days.
By washing your clothes effectively, you can also save money. When feasible, wash your items at 30 degrees with liquid detergent instead of prewashing.
Use the environment setting on your washing machine to save 30% on energy costs and completely load the drum to reduce the number of washes.
Insulate your home
Poorly insulated walls and attics can cause your home to lose up to 30% of its heat, but well-insulated homes will keep heat inside and use less energy.
Effective insulation is a significant factor in preventing heat loss and assisting you in lowering your energy costs.
Here are some of the different types:
- Attic insulation keeps heat from escaping through the roof. This is the most cost-effective way to insulate and should cause minimal disruption.
- Cavity wall insulation is suitable when your walls consist of two rows of bricks or concrete blocks with a cavity or space between them. The insulation is injected into the wall from the outside.
- Internal wall insulation is also known as dry lining and is suitable if you have solid walls or other walls that aren’t suitable for cavity insulation. Insulation boards are applied to the inside of any external walls.
Inspect your windows for damage
Due to minor damage, aging sealant, weather stripping, or windows that don’t close properly, drafty windows can result in significant heat loss.
Cracked seals, moisture or mold between the window frame and the wall, and cold rooms are indications of heat loss. By lighting a match and holding it next to the frame, you may check for draughts.
If you do discover a problem with your window sealant, fixes are not too expensive and will aid in keeping your home warm.
Upgrade your old appliances
On the label of every appliance sold in the EU is an energy rating that ranges from A+++ to G.
The cost of operating low-rated appliances is significantly higher than that of high-rated appliances. The most energy-efficient rating is A+++, while the least efficient is G.
Therefore, if you have a lot of white goods with poor ratings, such as a washing machine, refrigerator/freezer, or oven, think about replacing them with more effective ones.
Install solar panels
PV modules for solar energy are solar cells that produce electricity when exposed to light. Installing these on your home’s roof will let you to use the energy they produce to power your home.
Solar thermal panels, also referred to as solar hot water collectors, are solar panels that can create hot water at a lower cost.
Solar panel installation may provide green, renewable energy from daylight, and any extra can be utilized to automatically heat your water. As a result, you’ll not only reduce your energy costs but also contribute to the environment.
Consider a heat pump
In order to heat a house, electrical heat pumps use a compressor to extract heat from the earth or outside air. For every unit of electricity used, a heat pump generates three to four units of heat.
The majority of heat pump systems have built-in heating controls that you can adjust to fit your routine and way of life. With a heat pump system, using heating controls can often save your energy use by up to 20%.
Anyone who installs a heat pump in a house built before 2011 may be eligible for grants of up to €3,500. The SEAI website has additional information available.
Switch your gas and electricity supplier
Use our free gas and electricity comparison service to switch to a more affordable plan for the best possible energy bill savings. Compare electricity providers and switch to a less expensive energy plan if it has been more than a year since you last changed your supplier.
Visit What Help Can You Get Paying Your Energy Bills if you’re having trouble making ends meet. and see whether you are eligible for assistance.