Apart from the environmental importance of using less power, finding ways to cut down your power usage can also save you a huge amount of money. Making a few small changes to your daily routine can add up fast, we recommend starting with the following:
Whether you are simply boiling water or aspiring to be the next Masterchef, using lids on pots will make far better use of your electricity, as well as save a significant amount of time on your cooking.
Turn off the lights
Make a habit of turning off the lights any time you leave a room. Even if you are only going to be out of the room for a few moments, you will be saving a little power and money every time you switch off. If you have trouble remembering to turn lights off, consider having your electrican install motion sensor lighting.
Wear more clothes
Rather than turning up the heater any time the temperature drops a few degrees, put on an extra layer of clothing instead and you will save yourself a huge amount of power throughout the course of the year.
Unless it is cold and/or raining outside, use your clothesline to dry your clothes instead of wasting power on your tumble dryer. If it is a warm day, your clothes will dry almost as quickly outside anyway, and by cutting back on your dryer use you will notice a significant drop in your overall energy usage as well.
Stick to full loads
Whether you are loading the dishwasher, your washing machine or your tumble dryer, make sure you are only using them when you have a full load, so you get the most out of your power usage.
The shower is where most households waste the most amount of power, so if you can get in the habit of having shorter showers you will be doing wonders for your energy bill, as well as your environmental footprint.
Wash your clothes in cold water
Washing your clothes in cold water will get them just as clean (if not cleaner) than using warm or hot water; and save a significant amount of power.
Switch your light bulbs
Switching any of your incandescent, halogen and CFL fluorescent bulbs to LED bulbs will save a significant amount of power, and in some cases as much as 50% of a household’s total energy bill. LEDs are not only significantly cheaper to run but also last for longer and require little to no maintenance.
Get double-paned windows
Whether you are trying to keep your home warm or cool, it will take a lot less power to do so if you have double-paned windows, as the extra sheet of glass will prevent the warm or cool air from escaping quite so easily.
These simple ideas are great ways to start, and you can ask your electrician for advice on more ways to cut your power usage.