There are many things you can do to make your home healthier while using less energy. Some are free, others require some up-front investment most will save you money in the long-run, and all will help you do your bit for the environment.
TURN IT OFF
Turn appliances off at the wall and switch off lights when leaving the room. Even when on standby, appliances use a surprising amount of energy. You can save up to $75 a year by switching appliances off at the wall when not in use.
USE HOT WATER WISELY
Around thirty per cent of the average home’s power bill goes towards heating water, so it’s important to make sure your system is efficient.
Check the insulation around your hot water cylinder — if it’s warm to touch, it’s losing heat. Also check the pipes around the cylinder for leaks.
Consider installing a solar water heating system or a heat pump water heater and you could save money on your power bills.
MONITER YOUR POWER USE
Find out where your household uses the most power. Invest in a power monitor or get an energy audit for your home. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to make savings on your power bill.
CHOOSE ENERGY EFFECIENT PRODUCTS
Save power by using energy efficient products, such as eco-bulbs. These use only one-fifth the power of a regular light bulb for the same light output, and they last longer.
Look out for appliances with the Energy Star label — any appliance with this label is the best in its class — or refer to the appliance’s star rating.
DRAUGHT-PROOF YOUR HOME
Make your home easier to heat and keep the heat in by using well-lined curtains, draught stoppers for your doors and windows, and insulation.