Cut your energy bills
When thinking about fighting climate change, our thoughts usually go to big protest marches, government-approved ecological bills or industrial-grade solar farms. But the change can and should start with our own homes. Here are some tips that will help you reduce your energy bills – you’ll be saving the environment and your wallet at the same time!
1. Turn off the lights! And everything else.
The basic of the basics, but a lot of people still forget about turning off their lights and other electric devices after they’re done using them.
Although leaving a single charger in the outlet and a laptop or flat-screen TV in stand-by mode doesn’t suck up that much electricity, when you leave a lot of that stuff plugged into the grid the numbers get a bit more serious.
Also, the AC is a real killer for your energy bills as well as the environment, especially a faulty or leaking one.
2. Go LED!
If you’re still using old-fashioned wolframe light bulbs to light your rooms, you’re not only breaking the law in most European countries, but also wasting your money.
LED or fluorescent bulbs are much more energy efficient, and current models, especially LED ones, give nice, bright and warm light at the fraction of the yearly cost of the classic bulbs. There is no logical reason not to install them!
3. Efficient kitchen.
When cooking your meals, it’s smart to plan ahead and stock up on food. Instead of baking a single small piece of pie, make it fill up your oven. The amount of used energy will be the same, and the next time you’ll find yourself craving a cake, it will be waiting for you.
Use the right size of cooking rings and dishes for the right purposes – heating up a small dinner doesn’t require your biggest pan and full blown flame. The small ring will suffice.
Also, the dishwasher is a smart investment. It saves your time, money, and mental health – if you feel anything like me about washing dishes.
Read more about it: https://energy.gov/energysaver/kitchen-appliances
4. Make it feel like you left.
When you’re out travelling, empty your fridge and unplug it, turn off the water and gas valves, make sure any other appliances are off.
If it’s the heating season, set the thermostat at 15 to 17 degrees Celsius – it will be a bit chilly once you come back, but the building will be fine, money’s in your pocket and your favourite holiday destination won’t be underwater for another couple of decades. Everyone wins!
And don’t overheat while you’re in the house, either – again, it harms your budget and your planet, but also your health, making your immune system much weaker.