If you are looking to cut back on your energy bills this summer and help the environment by lowering your energy consumption in general, we’ve got top tips that can help.
These 10 energy-saving tips can make a huge difference in your next energy bill and your overall impact on the environment.
1. Keep it cool – hot weather can really wear you down. Keep your house cool without consuming too much energy by pulling down your blinds or awnings before you leave the house for the rest of the day. Your air conditioner will thank you.
2. Cook on the BBQ – longer summer nights means more time to cook on the BBQ. Instead of cooking in the oven and heating up your house even more, make the most out of those summer nights and have a cookout.
3. Replace outdated appliances – old air conditioning units consume a lot of power and are not as effective as newer, more advanced units.
4. Use ceiling fans – there’s no need to use air conditioners all the time. Whenever possible, stick with ceiling or even pedestal fans to keep your home cool. Electric fans are more energy efficient and would allow you to open the windows and let the outdoor breeze cool your living space naturally.
5. Give the dryer a break – summer means more sunny days. Take advantage of the heat by getting the washing out and hanging clothes on the line to dry them.
6. Keep the refrigerator door closed – when you have to take something out of the fridge, decide on what exactly you’re going to get, and how many you need. This will prevent you from opening the fridge door too frequently, forcing your refrigerator to use more energy to keep the temperature constant.
7. Adjust your fridge’s thermostat – a fridge that is too cold can waste a lot of energy. The thermostat of the fridge should be adjusted so it operates between 3 and 5 degrees Celsius, and between minus 15 and 18 Celcius for the freezer.
8. Recycle water bottles – fill reusable drinking bottles with water and place them in the freezer. You can then take them with you when you leave the house so you can keep cool and hydrated without having to buy several bottles of water throughout the day.
9. Use sunshades – keep the heat out of your car as much as possible by putting a sunshade to block out the sun. Your car’s air conditioning system will not have to work as hard, and the steering wheel will also be kept cool to the touch by the time you’re ready to hop back in and drive off.
10. Turn things off the wall – even in standby mode, appliances can drain power. Unplug them and switch off other energy-consuming devices around the house if you will be away for an extended period of time.
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