We all want to do everything we can to help the environment, whatever adventures we get up to! It isn’t always easy to know the best way to make a difference, however, and there can often be lots of conflicting advice out there. Here, at The Insurance Emporium, we’re doing our best to be green like Mr. Benn, so here are our favourite ways we can all save energy in the home!
Use a washing line
Tumble dryers are one of the most energy-hungry appliances in the home, and limiting their usage can save both energy and money. If you have a garden, dry your clothes outside when the weather’s nice, and use a clothes horse indoors when it’s not!
We’ve all been told this at least a hundred times, but turn electrical appliances off! Leaving items on stand-by will still use a small amount of power, so make sure you’re switching things off at the plug. Ensuring you turn lights off when you’re not using a room can also save a surprising amount of electricity.
Stay stocked up
We all know not to leave the fridge or freezer door open! What you might not know is that a fully stocked fridge and freezer is more energy efficient than an empty one! That’s because all the items crammed together act as insulation, helping to keep the cold air inside.
Keep it cool
Another tip for your fridge! Try to avoid putting hot or warm foods in the fridge to cool down. The condensation these create can increase the temperature inside the fridge, meaning the appliance will have to work extra hard to keep cool.
Look for A+++
Sticking with the appliances for a moment, if any of yours are reaching the end of their life, why not opt for a more energy efficient new one? Look out for appliances that are rated A+++, as they can not only save energy, they can also cut down the cost of your bills!
Installing a smart thermostat can help you keep your house at the perfect temperature, while also cutting on energy and price. With a smart thermostat you should be able to control your heating and hot water from your phone, so you can make sure the house is toasty at just the right times.
Did you know that some energy suppliers offer discounted off-peak energy prices? If you’re signed up to an off-peak deal, you can usually run things like your dishwasher and washing machine overnight much more cheaply than during daytime “peak” hours. It might be worth looking at switching suppliers!
Change the way you cook
When cooking food, there are some common-sense things you can do to conserve energy. These include using smaller pans where possible, as well as using lids. A pan of water will come to the boil much faster, using much less energy, when it has a properly fitted lid!
Turn it down!
While we all like to have a cosy house and hot showers, turning the temperature down just a degree on both your heating and hot water can save a surprising amount of energy! It will also surprise you how easy it is to get used to everything being just ever so slightly cooler…
If you’ve turned the heating down, make sure to layer up your clothes before being tempted to turn it back up again! This one is just common-sense; the more clothes you’re wearing, the warmer you’ll be, regardless of the temperature. Also try getting snuggly with some blankets if you’re on the sofa.
Investing in draught excluders can be a cheap but effective way to retain warmth within your home during winter. Also make sure to block up any open and unused chimneys, as well as ensuring letter boxes are fitted properly. Getting rid of draughts can be amazingly effective at sealing in heat!
Hopefully we’ve given you some inspiration for how to cut your energy consumption at home, to help you be kinder to the environment as well as your wallet! Saving money on these small things could also mean you have more to spend on your favourite adventures, and you might want to help to protect these against accidents. At The Insurance Emporium, we offer a range of specialist insurance products to help you make the most out of your passions. Whether you’re a pet, horse or caravan owner, or love photography, golf or other hobbies, take a look to see if we have the perfect policy for you!
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