Go Green & Save on Energy – Winter or Anytime

As the cold, dark months of Winter begin to approach, the cost of keeping your home in both light and heat is likely to rise. Combine this fact with the somewhat gloomy state of the world’s economy, and energy efficiency is something that just about every home owner should be thinking about.

Should you consider yourself an environmentally conscious member of this earth, there’s also the small matter of your carbon footprint to think about. When you waste energy, you are not just harming your finances but also the environment. Well, how can you save on energy?

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Despite many misconceptions to the contrary, living in a more energy efficient home is actually pretty simple. Though some energy saving techniques require an initial financial investment, most require nothing other than a little bit of discipline and common sense.

Should you feel up to the challenge, here are six green solutions ways to cut down on your home’s energy expenditure. You might be surprised by the difference that such simple acts can make.

Fix Your Leaking Taps

Few homeowners look at leaking taps as a problem but yes, leaking taps are surprisingly effective at wasting energy. Did you know that a dripping hot water tap is capable of using an entire hot bath’s worth of energy each week? Getting your dripping taps fixed will not only remove that irritating sound, it will save energy. I call this money-saving green solutions. Look at this video below for more money-saving energy tips that cost you nothing.

Fill Your Dishwasher

When it comes to washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers, always wait until they are full before you start them up. A single full load on any of these appliances uses significantly less energy than two half loads. I know it might be convenient to simply use them as you go, but you are wasting a lot of energy- and money – when you do so.

Keep the Lights Off

Lights are a common argument in homes where only half the household cares about energy efficiency. The savings made from only using them when you need to however are significant.

  • Keep your lights off until it’s actually dark outside.
  • Turn off lights when there’s nobody in the room.
  • Switch to energy efficient light bulbs. They last up to ten times longer than traditional bulbs and savings of up to a hundred dollars can be made in a single bulbs lifetime.

Be Clever When Cooking

Most people use far more energy than they need to when cooking. You can easily cut down on the amount of energy you use with a few simple changes.

  • Keep a lid on your pots. They not only prevent spillage, they keep the heat in.
  • Don’t use more water than you need. Why boil a full pot of water when you only need half?
  • Where possible, use the microwave instead of the oven. Microwaves use significantly less energy.

Choose Energy Efficient Appliances

When purchasing new appliances, keep an eye on energy ratings. “A” rated appliances might cost more to purchase, but over their lifetime, they will result in an overall saving. Replacing an old appliance with an energy efficient one is known to give energy savings of up to thirty percent.

Invest in Better Insulation

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Finally, if your home is not insulated properly, you are literally throwing money away each year. Poor insulation is one of the most expensive house hold defects in terms of energy loss.

  • You can lose up to thirty five percent of your home’s heat through poorly insulated walls.
  • A further twenty five percent can be lost through a poorly insulated roof.

This adds up to a shocking sixty percent loss if your home is not adequately insulated.

Somewhere in the above you will find “no-cost or low-cost” tips and suggestions to help you save on energy. If you save on energy, you will save money. It’s that simple. Now, let’s do it.

Peter Mathews is a famous blogger and an interior decorator. He suggests using central heating boilers for houses having an accommodation for more than 5 people.

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