One of the draining bills in every household are the energy bills. With amounts that can easily reach into the hundreds of pounds every month, saving pennies, pounds, or dozens of pounds on your energy bills every month can promote energy usage to your children and your neighbours, and help to infuse a “going green” attitude that is newly essential for the country and for the world.
Beating the Recession: Lower Your Thermostat
A luxury enjoyed and perhaps taken for granted by many, the heating and cooling inside a house are so singularly specific that we are allowed to live at exactly what temperature we wish every day. But lowering your thermostat by as little as two degrees on a consistent basis can save you as much as 10% on your energy bills.
This extra 10%, perhaps £5-£10, can mean a change in monthly spending with a negligible change in temperature in your house. Keeping your thermostat at a comfortable temperature that is lower in the winter and higher in the summer can save you dozens or hundreds of pounds a year. Opening your windows and enjoying some natural air during the summer, spring, and fall months can also help you to keep untold pounds in your bank account every season.
Going Green: Buy Energy Saving Light Bulbs
Another popular way of conserving energy, part of the ever-expanding green movement proposed by environmentalists and future-minded citizens across the world, is the adaptation of using energy saving light bulbs.
These light bulbs, which cost slightly more than regular light bulbs, will save you money on your lighting electricity bills every month, and can last up to 15 times longer than regular light bulbs. These energy saving bulbs will pay for themselves within months of buying them.
Lowering Utility Bills: Insulate Your House
Again in the attitude of saving heating and cooling energy, insulating your house – especially your roof – can allow you to save hundreds of pounds on heat every year. Insulating your house, which may cost around a couple hundred pounds, will pay for itself within two or three years, and can again be welcomed in its ability to save you future money, even though it may cost a few precious pounds right away.
Insulation will allow heat and cool air to stay within your house, and will allow you to keep your thermostat low as the comfortable air is less easily escaping from your house at any give time.
Extra Recession Tips: Lower the Energy on Your Appliances
On your dishwasher and your washing machine especially, you are able to lower the settings to lower temperatures and lower degrees of energy. Use these settings to save yourself running power and energy, and keep your electricity bills used to run these appliances as low as possible.
You can save one third by lowering the temperature on these appliances around 25%, with no noticeable change in their function. Lowering the temperature may not allow your dishes and clothes to come out as warm as they once were, but will still clean as well as they ever have on anything but the dirtiest of dirty dishes and the filthiest of filthy clothes.
Also, make sure you are buying appliances like these that are “Energy Rated.” Buying these types of appliances means you are buying varieties that are especially made to save energy. As a side note, make sure you are not running these cleaning appliances until they are full or until absolutely necessary. Running them when they are not full will force you to use them more often than is necessary – naturally forcing you to pay for them more often than is necessary as well.