Saving energy at home can help you save money and reduce your carbon footprint. With energy prices rising significantly across the country, it’s only practical to make energy-efficient choices to reduce your energy consumption and also your energy bill.
Climate plays a vital role in your energy consumption. Data indicates that heating and cooling your home can increase energy usage by almost 40%, which is remarkably high. The good thing is you don’t really have to compromise your comfort to reduce your energy consumption. Making minor tweaks to your house and lifestyle can often help you save money and live more sustainably.
1. Check the insulation in your house
Insulating your house properly means it will be warmer in winters and cooler in summers. Insulation prevents the heat from entering or escaping, especially from ceilings, walls, and floors.
According to the Department of Climate Change, Energy, and Environment and Water website, you can lose up to 25% of the heat in your house through your walls and another 20% through your floor. Insulating your walls properly can help you prevent this energy loss, reducing your energy bill by up to 15%. Adding warm rugs and carpets to the floor can also help to keep your house warm.
2. Seal your doors and windows
According to the Sustainability Victoria website, up to 25% of winter heat loss from existing houses is caused by air leakage. Such uncontrolled ventilation can increase your energy consumption and add to your costs. However, you can avoid this by investing in draught seals for windows and doors to prevent the heat from escaping. Shutting curtains and blinds can also help trap the heat inside the room and keep it warm. Another good tip is closing any rooms in the house you aren’t using to ensure you only heat the required areas, preventing any wastage of energy.
3. Consider switching to a solar hot water system
Heating water accounts for up to 20% of household energy use in winters. Hot water is mainly used in the shower, laundry and kitchen. You can reduce your hot water usage by limiting your shower time to a few minutes and using cold water to wash clothes. Hot water isn’t necessary for washing clothes and can sometimes harm delicate fabrics or lead to fading. By using less hot water, you reduce both your energy consumption and carbon footprint.
You should also consider switching to an energy-efficient hot water system or, better still, a solar hot water system, which could translate into heavy savings on your energy bills. Some lenders allow you to borrow money at discounted interest rates, and you may also be eligible for some rebates in your state if you wish to switch to solar power.
4. Be energy-efficient when buying or renovating your house
If you are purchasing a new home or renovating an existing house, you may want to make some design changes to increase its overall efficiency. Speak to experts to pick sustainable and energy-efficient materials for insulating, heating and cooling your house.
You can also consider purchasing energy-efficient appliances to improve your comfort level while keeping your energy consumption in check. Remember to compare energy rating labels on different appliances to ensure your purchase is energy-efficient. An appliance with a higher energy rating or more stars on the label will be more energy-efficient and will cost you less to run.
Switching to solar energy by installing solar panels on your roof is another way to help the environment and reduce energy costs. Speak to a broker to determine whether you’ll be eligible for a green loan to finance your energy-efficient upgrades. You can also ask a Hashching expert for more information on green loans.