Energy saving can be easy. By following a few simple routines around the home, it is possible to make significant cuts to your electricity and energy bills, while making a positive contribution to the environment. From being cautious about thermometer temperatures to having the right approach to insulation, it is possible to rethink your energy usage. Perhaps the most important thing to remember though is that small changes now will have a major impact further down the line, and that getting into good habits now will ultimately lead to them becoming second nature. The following list represents some of the best ways to save energy within the home:

1 – Thermostats and Temperature

Turning your thermostat down by one degree can make a different to your energy bills. In the same way, turning the heat up during colder months will add to bills, even if it is only by a few degrees. One option to consider when saving energy and money is to place a boiler on a constant low heat, before switching it off altogether during warmer months. This option may not be practical for your boiler, so check with a plumber before making any changes.

2 – Energy Saving Lightbulbs and Alternative Lights

Switching to energy saving light bulbs can result in cheaper bills, and longer lasting usage. Energy saving bulbs are also recyclable, and if used responsibly could last up to 10 years. They will also save you money over time through their reduced wattage, and are less likely to blow out. Other light saving options include LED strip lights and compact fluorescents. More generally, switching lights off when you leave a room, and using a dimmer switch, will cut your bills and improve energy conservation.

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3 – Proper Insulation

A large amount of heat is wasted within the home through poor insulation. Simple solutions include closing curtains at night to prevent a draught, as well as buying the right quality of duvets for different times of the year to avoid using too much heating. Double glazing windows will also prevent heat from being lost due to poor sealing. Cavity wall and roof insulation will have a similar effect, and can be achieved using recycled paper.

4 – Using Less Water

Around 500,000 gallons of water are wasted in the US every year. Try to keep an eye on how much water you use, from not overfilling the kettle and cooking pans, to using the right settings on your dishwasher. You can also help the environment by washing your clothes at 30 degrees, or by using an eco cycle on a machine.

5 – Switching Off Appliances

Another simple option for saving energy, switching off appliances after use is much better than leaving them on standby. By turning off electrical supplies such as televisions, computers and ovens, you can save approximately 5% on your energy bills. The same approach can also be taken to mobile phone charging. Rather than leaving a phone to charge overnight, charge during the day until the battery is full, and then unplug.