Especially as the months get colder, more and more people are curious about how they can save money on their electric bill. There are a number of steps you can take to reduce your expenditure (some more obvious than others). Read on for the top five ways you can make your home more energy efficient and save money at the same time.
1. Install light sensors
Exterior lighting is a helpful addition to many homes. But, the use of manual switches may mean you leave your outside lights on during the day. You can cut this unnecessary electrical use by installing light-sensing automatic or time-controlled switches. This is something trusted Blackpool electricians, i -Tech Electrical Services, can do for you. Get in touch via their website: www.itechelectricalservices.co.uk.
2. Install solar panels
Installing solar panels on your roof is a great way of generating electricity and saving money. They work by absorbing the sun’s energy and turning it into electricity. They’re low-maintenance and last around 25 years.
3. Unplug your appliances
Most of us leave our appliances in standby mode when we’re not using them. It’s convenient, but does waste energy. Instead of just switching them off at the plug (which continues to draw a small amount of energy), it’s best to completely unplug them from the socket.
4. Insulate your home
Insulating your home not only reduces your heating bill, but also makes your home a warmer, cosier place to live. If your insulation isn’t up to scratch, warm air is allowed to escape from the roof, floor, walls, windows, and doors. So, what are your options? You can either install more insulation or simply make sure your existing insulation is evenly distributed (which is enough to ensure you’re not losing any warm air).
5. Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs
Did you know lighting accounts for as much as 15% of your household energy bill? Replacing your light bulbs with energy-efficient ones can drastically lower the cost. When it comes to energy-efficient light bulbs, you have a choice between Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) — both are suitable for most general lighting requirements. You can save even more energy by remembering to keep the lights off in all rooms you’re not using.
With these five tips, you can free up some extra money and make your bills each month a little more bearable.