Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Five Simple Ways to Reduce Household Energy Costs

1. Use One Entertainment Appliance at a Time

If you are working on your laptop, use it for playing radio or audio rather than having the TV or digital radio on at the same time.  I keep the TV off at the plug - as it is behind a bookcase, the children cannot get to it easily and therefore eliminates the temptation to just switch it on when finished their studies.

2. Use the Microwave Wisely

If something cooks quicker in the microwave than the hob, such as vegetables or heating something through, then go for it.  If it would be about the same time with either appliance, like when cooking pasta or rice, then choose whichever you prefer for convenience or taste; the cost is approximately the same.

3. Use the Slow Cooker Wisely

The slow cooker is pretty much always going to most energy and cost efficient than the oven.  However, if your meal is a heat-through job which you could have done on the hob in 10 minutes or so, you might well have been better off using the hob.

4. Wear Appropriate Clothing for the Weather, Not for the Month

I know this sounds obvious, but it can be easy to forget (especially for young tweens and, I can imagine, older children) that cardigans and jumpers exist even in warmer months.  On cooler evenings here, instead of putting the heating on for a little while, we snuggle in blankets no matter what time of year it is.

5. Use the Washing Machine Wisely

Underwear and towels obviously need a hot wash but, unless you have a particularly dirty job, most clothes just need a cool short cycle to freshen them up.  This also cuts down on wash time, making the laundry pile quicker to get through.  Doing a few soapy cool cycles then leaves you enough soap in the pipes to do a hotter wash without adding soap.  Run your towels through on the hottest wash without soap to give your pipes a clean at the same time.

Do you have any fave tips for reducing energy useage/costs around the home?

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