Most of us, if not all of us, have done all that we can to save water and reduce our usage of this valuable resource. How about taking this a step further now? Let’s reduce our overall energy consumption and be cleaner and greener inhabitants of this planet as a result. Not sure how? PriceCheck offers you some tips on what to buy and what to do to make your house more energy efficient.
Swap out your light bulbs
Many houses still make use of incandescent bulbs. These bulbs use a lot of energy. Consider swapping all or some of the bulbs in your house to fluorescent ones, which produce less heat and are more efficient. These may cost slightly more, but they last a lot longer and will end up saving you money over time.
Unplug your chargers
Do you leave your chargers plugged in and the wall plug switched on? You will be surprised at how much energy this uses. Unplug these when not in use and, over time, you will end up using less energy.
Invest in low-energy appliances
There are appliances that we use heavily that we could easily swap for more energy efficient versions. For example, instead of using an electric heater, consider switching to one that uses gas. Replacing your entire geyser may be bit drastic, but a great way to keep the warmth of the geyser without using as much energy is to buy a geyser blanket or install a geyser timer that switches it on and off at certain times of the day.
Keep your lids on
When you cook on the stove, put the lids of your pots on. When the lids are off, evaporation and steam causes energy to be lost. Even better than cooking with a pot with a lid is cooking in a pressure cooker! These handy cooking appliances cook foods quicker than a regular pot and, therefore, use less energy. You also use less water to cook with a pressure cooker so that’s being water wise too!
Make use of solar power
We understand that not everyone is able to install a solar panel or two to power their home, but there are some smaller solar-powered devices that you can use to reduce your energy use. Solar lights are great for outdoor areas, while solar lamps can be used on bedside tables. Use solar chargers and power banks to power your phone or cool down with a solar fan.
These are just some of the many small changes we can make in our everyday life that will go a long way towards saving energy.
This article was first published by uChief on 7 March 2018