Winter is coming and as the nights draw in and the nation prepares to embrace those cosy nights in, we share our top tips on creating an eco home and the best ways to save the pennies over the cold winter months.
The heating has been turned on and with Christmas just around the corner we’re all keeping a tight grip on the purse strings. Why not try a few of our top tips on making your home more eco-friendly and help cut down those household bills over the winter months.
Heat Control Systems/ Smartmetres
Heating your home is one of the biggest uses of energy in the home. Installing a smart meter will help show you how much energy you are using, when you’re using the most and how much it is costing you. You could also install a smart metres that can control the heating in your home, which you can set to come on at certain times of the day to make sure you don’t waste energy while you’re out of the house.
Depending on your water rates, reducing your water usage can help reduce your household costs. Shortening your showers or turning off the tap when you brush your teeth will help this. You could also install a ‘low flow shower head’, this will help to decrease water consumption by 40%.
Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
One of the best ways to reduce your energy use is to switch to LED light bulbs. LED light bulbs use 90% less energy than halogen, last 50 times longer than incandescent lights and also contain no toxic elements that could harm the environment when thrown away.
The Switch Off
Whether it’s a TV or a phone charger, these appliances are often left plugged in or on standby, which uses up unnecessary energy. A TV for example uses up to 90% of their normal power when on standby. Unplug the phone charger when it’s not in use and turn the TV off and you’ll see a difference in those electricity bills.
Switch to Natural Cleaning Products
Here’s a tip you may not have expected. It won’t necessarily save you money but it’s a tip worth sharing! Switching to natural cleaning products will cause less harm to the environment than using harsh chemical. Try using products that are nontoxic and biodegradable ingredients to help reduce your family’s environmental footprint. You could even make your own by trying some of these eco friendly recipes for household staples!