Most of us will admit that the gas and electric bills we pay are among the most expensive monthly bills.  Not only do they hurt the pocket but there is a lot of wasted power, especially with electricity.  Therefore to live a more sustainable life and also save money, you need to look at how to conserve energy in your home – and also if you can produce your own too. As a mom to little one’s they’re always using electricity. Whether its night lights or the tv for their favourite cartoons as a single mom I wanted to find ways to save money on my monthly bills.

Conserving energy

There are lots of little steps to take to conserve energy, waste less and cut back on bills.  Here are a few you can start looking at today.

Use natural lighting and air conditioning

The best source of light is the big ball in the sky – the sun.  And while it might not always be around, depending on where you live, it is great to use it when it is.  Natural light is the best way to light your home and doesn’t cost anything.  So open up those blinds, pull the curtains right back and ensure plenty of that natural light can get into your home.  It can also help warm the house in cooler months.

In the same way, open those windows and let the air flow through the home rather than using an air conditioning system.  Opening windows don’t cost anything, and the air flow is less likely to contain any bugs that can build up in air con units. Fresh air is also great for little ones and helps get their brains going.

Turn off lights when leaving the room

There are times when using lights are unavoidable, especially during the winter.  But a way to help conserve energy is to turn off lights when leaving the room.  This means they aren’t using power lighting an empty room, will make the bulb last longer and can even remove the risk of problems such as fires from electrical circuits.  If you are a fan of smart tech, you can get connected lightbulbs with motion sensors to set up that they turn out when you leave the room which is a saving grace for little ones who can’t reach the light switch!

Switch to LED bulbs

There’s a reason that people are advocating switching to LED bulbs – well, a few of them.  For starters, they last a lot longer than conventional bulbs.  Yes, the initial cost is more but they definitely pay this back.  They are also far more energy efficient:

Traditional Incandescent Halogen CFL LED
Energy Efficient Very Low Low High Very High
Colour temperature Warm Warm Warm to cool Warm to cool
Lifespan 1,000 hours (1 year) 3,000 hours (3 years) 8,000 hours (8 years) 25,000 hours (25 years)

 

Energy efficient appliances

When it comes to replacing any appliance that uses electricity, look at the energy efficiency of the new one before committing to it.  From kettles to fridges, washing machines and dishwashers, even boilers, they all have to have a rating on them with A being the best.

Use that capacity

It can be tempting to run a dishwasher half full or just put a half load into the washing machine, but this is a waste of power.  Instead, make sure you use everything to capacity, even if it means leaving some dirty dishes from lunch lying in the dishwasher until dinner.  That way you get the most for the electricity used.

Check your home’s insulation

One of the biggest causes of wasted energy is poor insulation.  Heat rises, vanishes through the roof and is lost.  Therefore looking at the quality and thickness of the insulation in your roof or loft can be key to improving the home’s energy efficiency.

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