If you think you are consuming too much energy at home and want to reduce your utility bills, there are various things you can do.
Drastic steps include turning the heating off and having cold showers; however this is probably a little too extreme. Alternatively, you could switch your gas or electricity supplier, in the hope of finding a more cost-effective and cheaper deal.
But how about making some practical, yet economical, changes to interior fixtures, fittings and furniture? The following four tips will undoubtedly lead to a more frugal and functional home.
Use energy-saving light bulbs
Seeing as lighting accounts for 18 per cent of your average household’s electricity bill, this is a good place to start. Options include Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), but your choice will depend on the fitting and room in question.
In addition to changing your light bulbs, remember to turn them off when leaving a room too. You could also invest in a sensor or timer if you are a bit forgetful.
Install double-glazed windows
This suggestion might cost a lot to carry out initially, but over time the savings can be huge. What’s more, double-glazed windows will keep your home warmer and quieter, while also reducing condensation.
If you ever come to sell your property, its value will increase thanks to double-glazed windows, which is a pre-requisite feature for many buyers anyway.
Upgrade your home appliances
Yet another potentially expensive exercise, but one that is well worthwhile; buying home appliances with an impressive energy rating will noticeably bring down your utility bills. From cookers and microwave ovens, to dishwashers and fridge-freezers; most appliances will be based in the kitchen, but all can bring about great savings if upgraded and updated.
Put up some Venetian blinds
If the previous two suggestions seem a bit expensive, you might want to consider window cover options instead. Venetian blinds don’t cost a lot to buy but can make a big difference.
In addition to preventing heat escaping, and cold air entering from windows; blinds allow for various sunlight levels to enter your home, reducing the need for dimmed lighting or blackout curtains.
By introducing and implementing these frugal and functional savings, you will end up with a more energy efficient home, which will leave you with some additional funds to spend on the more exciting things in life!
Disclosure: This post is a collaboration.