It’s hard to ignore the shift towards greener, environmentally friendly living. While it may seem like a daunting task to suddenly ‘go green’, a few small changes are all it takes to create an energy efficient home. Not only will this benefit your wallet, but it will also benefit the planet by ultimately reducing your carbon footprint.
Ditch the dryer
Clothes dryers are incredibly convenient, especially when it’s pouring with rain outside! But by simply letting the sun dry your washing instead of the dryer, you can shave a decent chunk off your energy bills.
Insulate your windows
Insulating is one of the greatest energy efficiency hacks. When you insulate your home effectively, then you use minimal power, gas and energy in your home. Ergo, lower energy bills!
Over 30% of heat is lost during the winter and gained in the summer via your windows, so insulating your windows is a great way to reduce your power bills and save money. Double glazed windows are ideal but can be costly to install. So, the next best option is installing Roman blinds, curtains or sunscreen roller blinds, all of which can be customised with insulating blockout fabric. Auto awnings are also great to install on the outside of the window, as they help to stop heat from passing through the glass.
Give the garden a makeover
Take a look around your front or backyard and think about how the existing trees or shrubs affect the light in your home throughout the year. Too many bushy trees can restrict the amount of natural light coming into your home, making it feel colder inside. If this is the case, it might be worth getting out the garden shears and giving your greenery a good pruning. On the flipside, if you don’t have any trees that are protecting you from the harsh sunlight, consider talking to a landscaper about planting trees that can provide more shelter from the sun.
Second to natural light, fluorescent lights are an affordable lighting choice as they save energy and last longer than standard lights. So, it can be worth making the switch in your home. Another easy way to use less energy is to simply switch off lights and other appliances when they’re not in use.
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