With the continual rise in energy costs leaving some people shivering for lack of financial resources, it is perhaps time for all consumers to examine every avenue by which energy may be saved in the home. Putting a few simple measures in place to reduce energy consumption will not only benefit the consumer financially, but our embattled planet’s resources as a whole. Measures range from being inexpensive to slightly more costly, but long-term savings will ensure that every change implemented will be well worth the initial outlay. A good place to begin is by replacing traditional incandescent light bulbs with energy saving bulbs.
A few small changes can equal big savings
Incandescent light bulbs waste most of the energy they draw on heat which means that they also release a large amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This is thought to be a leading cause of global warming and the government is considering a future ban on these bulbs to reduce emissions. Low energy bulbs convert most of the energy that they draw into light. Although they cost more, low energy bulbs have an approximate life of 10,000 hours, or 7 years whereas traditional bulbs have a lifespan 10 times less than this. The cost saving over this time period is estimated at £40. Light, however, is far better received naturally and not wasting energy on generating light during daylight hours is another energy-saving measure.
The introduction of skylights, where possible, is a means of eliminating the need for electrically produced lighting in a home during daylight hours. There is also the question of whether consumers bother to switch off lights when leaving a room that does not benefit much from natural lighting and this should become a firm habit. The feeling is often that the room will be visited again soon, but in reality this may not happen for at least an hour or more and in that time much energy is being wasted and paid for. If a skylight is being considered, then solar panels should also receive a homeowner attention.
Solar panels could be the major source of energy in a home. They are not only able to heat water, but they can also provide natural heating for a home during winter months when huge amounts of energy are usually expended in a quest by homeowners to stay warm. The use of hot water can also be reduced by cutting the amount of time spent in a shower, or reducing the amount of water used for a bath. Ensuring that a home is well insulated will reduce the burden on solar panels; blocking any draughts coming in from underneath doors will be of huge assistance. Double glazing makes a vast difference to the heating of a home and this should be utilised whenever possible. There is also always the option of changing service providers.
Compare tariffs every year
Consumers should always examine their options and compare tariffs offered by the various energy suppliers. For renters this may mean obtaining the permission of their landlord, but switching suppliers when more reasonable tariffs may be obtained should never be a problem.
There are a variety of further cost-saving measures that may benefit consumers and, with a little time and effort online, every avenue can be explored in an effort to reduce the effect of the constant rise in energy