Here are five useful tips that will protect the environment and save you money:
According to the Energy Saving Trust (EST), a boiler accounts for 60 percent of all household bills – so it’s essential to arrange an annual central heating service. A Gas Safe Register approved engineer will make sure everything’s working efficiently and will prevent carbon monoxide from escaping. This will reduce your energy bills and will ensure limited gases are released into the environment.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to shiver in the cold to run an energy-efficient abode, but it is wise to turn the heat down when possible. Set your thermostat to a low temperature and make sure your radiators are only hot when you’re at home to avoid wasting electricity. If there’s a problem with your temperature controls, take out appliance insurance with a company like HomeServe and have repairs made quickly.
Heating the water in your pipes takes a lot of energy, so try lagging them to lock the heat in. A quality insulating material won’t cost much from a reputable home store, but it should save you a lot of pennies in the long run. It will also reduce the risk of frozen pipes in winter and will keep the water flowing. What’s more, the EST states that insulating your water heater and pipes could save 573 pounds of carbon dioxide a year, so it’s well-worth doing.
Are you responsible for washing clothes? If so, scrub them by hand. Simply run a warm bucket of water, add a little detergent and get cleaning. This will save energy and will work the muscles in your arms, so you won’t have to go to the gym. If washing isn’t your chore, suggest this idea to your spouse and emphasize how much money you can save.
Take a look at the lighting in your household. If you use traditional light bulbs, swap them for energy-efficient alternatives right away. These innovative bulbs will light your house in the same way, but they’ll use a lot less electricity, helping you to save money. Compact fluorescent bulbs and 6W LEDS are particularly good, so head to your nearest electrical store.
Going green is easier than you might think and could improve your bank balance.
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