In unprecedented times with a global pandemic devastating the financial world, many people have unfortunately been made redundant or put on furlough schemes.
With such a decrease in the number of people working and people bringing in a significantly smaller amount of money than they were only a few months ago, it is no surprise that many people are attempting to cut down on their expenditure, namely their energy and gas bills.
Energy and gas bills can be very costly, but at the same time, can be brought down significantly with relative ease. It is often as simple as simply turning off switches when you are not around and not having the heater and hot water turned on all day.
Even so, bills can be very problematic for many, and for this reason, here are some ways to save energy in your home.
Downsize Your Air Conditioner
Air conditioning units are well-known for using serious amounts of energy and can seriously bring up the cost of your electric bill.
If you have an air conditioning unit installed in your home the best thing you can do is bring it down to something more affordable and eco-friendlier. You can even get solar air conditioning units that run completely off of sunlight, and theoretically, if you require an air conditioning unit in the first place, you probably have a lot of sunlight.
Finding a downsized air conditioner can be difficult, and finding the right website, equally as difficult, but it is very important you do so that you are able to get the best quality and highest standard of air conditioner, and with a little bit of ingenuity you will be able to find the right one for you. There are other alternatives, also. If you do not have the money to put out for a new air conditioning unit, then consider putting measures in place to circumvent the use of an air conditioning unit.
You can try leaving out all of the windows open to create a current of airflow around your home; you can put plants in your house, as they are proven to cool down your environment, or you can buy a portable fan with batteries that you can use to keep yourself cool. Batteries are very cheap, and you will find that you can keep yourself cool at a really low cost. Sometimes, however, if the environment and climate you live in is really hot, that is not feasible, and you will just have to find a low-cost and economic air conditioner, which truly should not be that difficult.
Stop Leaving Light Switches On
For years, many considered it a wise tale that if you left a light switch on when you weren’t using it that it could cost you serious money on your energy bill.
Energy providers have confirmed this and said that if you leave a switch on all night, it can cost you a lot of money. By simply turning switches off when you are not using them you can cut down on your outgoing energy bill and save yourself a pretty penny.
It can be difficult to remember, and many of us do it. We take energy for granted and seldom think of the money it is actually costing us, but even so, you need to remember. Try putting stamps or posters up around the house to remind your family of this so that they don’t forget to. Kids are well-known for this and seldom remember to turn off switches. Put up cool post-it notes to remind your kids and your partner, or whoever you live with, to turn switches, and other appliances off, when you are not using them. Once you start doing this you will notice the distinct savings you are making.
Stop Watching TV and Playing Games So Much
Another great way to save yourself a lot of money on your energy is to stop watching television and playing games consoles so much.
In the 21st century with the advent of a digitized age, many people find themselves addicted to these things, so it can be difficult for them to picture life without. However, if you try turning them off and taking a game and television amnesty, the savings may convince you to stop spending so much time on them. You can try to read a book instead or go outdoors for exercise. Our generation is the unhealthiest in years, and this is largely, and wholly, because of the huge reliance on appliances and the amount of time we spend sitting around in front of screens. It is not good for your health, or your bills.
Perhaps the best way overall to avoid costly bills is to go eco-friendly. We are causing untold harm to the Earth with the advancements we are making, and for this reason, consider turning eco-friendly rather than electric power your house from solar energy, thereby making use of the Earth’s natural resources.