Energy Saving Tips for 2013

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Whether you're concerned about the environmental impact of your energy use or simply looking for ways to reduce your household bills, these easy-to-follow tips will give you some  low-cost ways to cut down your fuel consumption.

1) Fit a Programmable Thermostat.

Programmable thermostats let you determine exactly when your heat or AC should switch on or turn off, meaning that you can set up an automatic system that works for your household. A programmable thermostat enables you to regulate your home's air conditioning and heating systems without having to play guessing games. Fine-tuning your home's temperature can translate into real savings: simply by turning your thermostat down by one degree, you could lower your bills by a significant amount.

As well as being more efficient — a programmable thermostat lets you get a head start on heating and cooling. For example, if you hate coming home from work to an icy-cold house and shivering while you wait for the heating to warm up the chilly winter air, you can set the thermostat to come on a few minutes ahead of your usual arrival time. Your home will be warm and welcoming when you get in.

2) Switch off your electronics (and disconnect your chargers).

Watch out for vampires in your home! No, not the "Twilight" kind. "Vampire drain" is the nickname for the electricity that gets wasted when you leave devices like cell phones or battery chargers plugged in all the time. Once your cell is charged up, disconnect the charger from the electricity supply.

Devices left in standby mode also create vampire drain. Many devices burn almost as much electricity when they're on standby as they do when they're operating. TVs, stereos, home entertainment systems: get used to turning them off when they aren't in use.

If unplugging chargers and switching off electronics seems like a chore, there's an easy solution: use energy bars. That way, you can disconnect several devices from the electricity supply with the flick of a switch.

3) Air-dry dishes and clothes.

Dishwashers themselves aren't that much of a drain on your home's electricity. Modern, energy-efficient models can sometimes use less hot water than hand-washing. The exception: your dishwasher's drying cycle. This often uses more energy than you might expect. Instead of wasting hot air, towel-dry your dishes or leave them to air-dry.

Far more energy-hungry than a dishwasher is a tumble dryer. These burn through electricity at an alarming rate. Hanging your laundry up outdoors can save a lot of money — your clothes and linen will smell fresher too.

4) Close Those Windows

When it's hot indoors, opening your windows is the intuitive thing to do. If you're trying to cool your house down with your air conditioning, however, opening your windows can actually slow things down by letting colder air escape. Making your AC work harder means that you'll waste energy, too.

During the winter months, be vigilant about shutting windows properly. Even a small opening can let the heat leak out, wasting money and leaving you colder than you need to be.

Conclusion

If you're interested in finding out more ways to save energy, consider arranging a professional energy evaluation. A qualified energy auditor can inspect your home and identify areas where energy efficiency could be improved.

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This article was published on 2013/03/08