We are lucky to live in a technological and innovative age. Smart technologies, improved transportation, and helpful applications are everywhere around us, making it possible for all of us to work more effectively. So, with all of this awesome creativity, I’m always perplexed as to why so many people aren’t living greener.
If each of us made only one environmentally sustainable move, we will have a huge effect on the Earth, our cities, and our energy bills. If you want to make little improvements but don’t know what to do to save electricity, here are 16 things you can do at home to be greener. I’ve included both low-cost and high-ticket improvements you should implement.
Begin where you want to go by ensuring that your home is energy efficient. Working to reduce energy waste allows you to lower your energy costs and save money while still helping the environment.
Old Incandescent bulbs should be replaced
Manufacturers ceased making 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent lightbulbs in 2014. (100-watt and 75-watt bulbs were already phased out). But we are not destined to live in darkness. Halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs last longer and use less electricity than incandescent bulbs. Switching to greener bulbs is a smart way to save money on the energy bill since the average household uses 40 bulbs.
Heaters and Air Conditioners
We use a significant amount of energy to heat and cool our houses. This is not surprising given that many Queenslanders’ summer power bills are far higher than their winter counterparts.
It’s difficult to get through a Queensland summer without your trusted air conditioner, but you can optimize it for optimum energy usage. Look at energy-efficient solutions while looking for a new product. Clean the filters on a daily basis, and keep curtains, blinds, and vents closed while the air conditioner is turned on.
Set the temperature at 18-20 degrees in the summer and 25 degrees in the winter, since any degree above or below this will raise operating costs by about 10%.
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Install or upgrade insulation
Investing in insulation for your roof, windows, and walls is the safest way to keep your house at a safe temperature. Insulation will help you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer without overtaxing your air conditioner or heating system, lowering your energy costs all year.
Consider your windows
Inefficient and drafty windows, which let in heat in the summer and cold in the winter, can be a costly business. Install double glazing or window films to increase performance. Installing blinds or shutters may also help to alleviate the problem.
Take advantage of the sun
You may also bring Australia’s abundant sunlight to use by adding solar panels. Utilizing the sun will greatly cut the costs, and advanced devices provide a gas or electric boost to ensure you’re safe even on cloudy days. Ensuring regular solar panel cleaning and maintenance will increase solar productivity.
Get your home draught-proof
There are many other insidious means for heat to escape, and a few minutes spent draught-proofing your home will have long-term benefits. Wait for a windy day before inspecting the edges of all of your windows and doors; you’ll be able to hear and sense a draught.
Upgrade your hot water system
Outdated hot water systems may be a significant resource loss. Your hot water system usually consumes more electricity than all of your other electrical appliances put together, so look at new, energy-saving solutions, such as installing solar panels.
Correct your bad habits
Bad habits, such as keeping the lights on when you’re not in the room or boiling a whole kettle when you only need one cup of coffee, will easily add up. Keep an eye on your energy use around the home, and you’ll quickly see a reduction in your energy bills.