The current economic and market uncertainties makes it hard to ignore savings wherever possible. So if your home is optimised to use energy as efficiently as possible, then it will not only be comfortable, it will also save you money over time.
An energy efficient home simply uses less energy to achieve the same outcomes. It's a way of life for an increasing number of homeowners who are embracing sustainable living.
So here are some ideas that could help you conserve energy and trim costs without significantly affecting your lifestyle:
Consider energy-efficient appliances that will pay for themselves over time.
Wash laundry with Cold Water and use a cold-water detergent
Use your laundry dryer's full load capacity or you'll blow hot air and your dollars out the vent.
Air-Dry Dishes, don't use the heat-dry setting on your dishwasher
Match your cooking pan to the burner size. A small pot on a larger stove burner wastes more of the burner's heat.
Install energy efficient light bulbs.
Install Ceiling fans to conserve electricity year-round. They are economical and efficient, and use about the same amount of energy as a 100-watt light bulb.
Consider planting trees that shed their leaves annually. In summer, the leaves will shade your house and during winter the bare branches will let the sun through for added warmth. Consult your local plant experts.
Use a programmable thermostat to avoid unneeded heating or cooling while you're not at home or sleeping.
Reduce your shower time to use less water and heating hot water.
Ensure any ductwork is appropriately tightened and sealed
Maintain heating and cooling systems annually to ensure they are working properly and not wasting energy and potentially, repair costs.
Remember to consult your local suppliers and experts to ensure you have the best setup for you.