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51 Tips And Facts For Saving Energy And Money In Your Home

1 Fitting Low Energy Light Bulbs throughout your home will save you around 50 per year and 1.7 tons of CO

2 wind power has been the world’s fastest-growing source of renewable energy

3 Having Cavity Wall Insulation in your home will save you up to 135 per year and 540kg of CO

4 Solar energy can be used to produce heat, light, hot water and electricity in your home

5 Use wind up devices to save on energy

6 Shell Oil predicts that 50% of the world’s energy will come from renewable sources by 2040

7 Keep fridges and freezers away from cookers and direct sunlight

8 Washing clothes at 30 degrees can be just as effective for a normally soiled load

9 Any electricity you generate and don’t use can be sold back to the grid

10 Always try to make sure the dishwasher is filled completely

11 Energy monitors can be great to help educate your family on energy saving habits, keeping your bills down

12 LED lights also have a massive life span, up to 30 years with an average use of 4 hours per day

13 Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels convert sunlight into electricity

14 Wind power uses a natural and virtually inexhaustible source of power to produce electricity

15 Use Eco Balls in the tumble dryer. They make gaps in the washing to allow the heat to move more freely so clothes will dry quicker

16 35% of a households heat loss is through the walls

17 Turn your thermostat down

18 Hang up or fold clothes straight after drying to cut down on ironing time

19 Wood fuel is less susceptible to fuel price increases than fossil fuels

20 Your cylinder thermostat should be set at 60C/140F

21 Only boil as much water as you need

22 Even when its overcast solar panels still create energy

23Light Bulbs account for around 8-12% of a typical household’s energy usage

24 Sunlight is omnipresent regardless of whether we use it or not

25 Air source heat pumps can provide both heating and cooling

26 Our Earth receives 174 petawatts of incoming solar radiation at any given time

27 Draught proofing your home correctly will save you up to 60 per year and 240kg of CO

28 Wash in the sink rather than use the dishwasher when you can

29 Solar power is a very versatile renewable energy source

30 A hydro system can generate 24 hours a day, often generating all the electricity you need and more

31 By saving energy through recycling, CO emissions are lessened

32 On a cold day closing the curtains will slow heat loss

33 Having Solid Wall Insulation in your home will save you up to 475 per year and up to 1.9 tons of CO

34 If you’re washing dishes in the sink, use a bowl or sink full of water rather than leaving the hot tap running

35 Solar Energy is measured in kilowatt-hour. 1 kilowatt = 1000 watts

36 Cover pots and pans when cooking , they will boil a lot quicker

37 Choosing a dual fuel plan (gas and electricity from the same provider) will often be cheaper

38 Having Floor Insulation in your home will save you up to 60 per year and 240kg of CO

39 Ensure radiators are not blocked with furniture; this affects the heat available to the room

40 It is very important to find alternative energy sources as supplies of oil; coal and natural gas are limited

41 Switching energy provider is often the quickest way to save a good deal of money

42 Avoid tumble drying  dry clothes outdoors or on indoor dryers when possible to save money and energy

43 Astonishingly 95 per cent of the energy consumed by an incandescent bulb is wasted as heat!

44 Towel dry your hair so you don’t have to use your hairdryer as much

45 For a turbine to be effective, you need an average wind speed of no less than five metres per second

46 Landfills are mostly composed of non-biodegradable waste which takes a long time to decompose

47 Governments are backing micro-generation 100% by providing grants

48 About 2 billion people in the world are currently without electricity

49 Having Energy Efficient Windows and Glazing in your home will save you up to 165 per year and 680kg of

CO

50 Don’t leave appliances on standby

51 Insulate hot water pipes to stop heat escaping.

Saving Energy by Improving Home Exteriors

When the weather is warm we tend to spend time in our yards mowing the lawns, trimming the bushes, planting flowers. We all have a desire to want the outside of our houses look nice. Whereas this is often a worthy cause, are we putting as much diligence into making the outside of our homes cost efficient? We work hard to keep a roof over our heads thus why toss money away by permitting heat to escape?

The majority of the house’s heat escapes in the course of drafts. Filling these drafts will save on the heating cost over time. Do a walkthrough around the exterior of you home to find what has to be improved. First you should examine all the areas where two different construction materials meet for example where the siding meets the chimney and where the foundation meets the exterior brick or siding. Examine all exterior corners as well. You’ll need to fill any cracks or openings in the mortar, the foundation or the siding. Make sure to fill them with the suitable substance. If you are going to complete a job, do it right. And, it can last longer if it’s done the proper way with the correct material. You will also want to inspect where faucets or pipes extend from the exterior. Make certain there are not any holes around them as well. In your exterior inspection, don’t miss the windows and doors. Make sure that they’re all properly caulked and that windows and doors seal tightly. Some people have air conditioners mounted directly into the wall rather than in a window throughout the summer months. While this might save on time of installing and un-installing the air conditioner each year, it is also a great way to let in drafts throughout the winter months. Make certain that the area round the air conditioner is properly sealed. If you don’t have one by now, invest in a cover that may be placed over the unit in the winter. This can stop the unwanted cold air from getting in your home.

Also, make sure that your house is properly insulated. This will save you a large amount of money. In particular check the attic. Make certain that there is a steam barrier under the attic insulation. Water vapor will pass through the ceiling. With large amounts of moisture, the effectiveness of your insulation goes down and may cause structural damage. In order to prevent this, you should have a vapor barrier which may be tarpaper, Kraft paper attached to fiberglass batts, a plastic sheet or vapor barrier paint. Additionally make sure that any gaps round the pipes, ductwork or chimney is correctly sealed.

If you’ve got the funds, you might need to consider replacing recent doors or windows with new energy efficient ones. While this can be an improvement that will dip into your pocket, it will as well save you cash on heating. With the price of home heating, making sure that the exterior of your home is properly sealed is almost a necessity.