We’re all becoming a little more environmentally conscious these days. Supermarkets charge for plastic bags and even don't deliver using them, electric cars are becoming more popular and we’re recycling everything.
Some of these changes are easy, and some require a little more effort. Here at Paradigm Electrical, we like to keep things simple!
Going green doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. We’ve discovered a few simple changes that you can make in your own home – they‘re so easy, anyone can do them! These tips will help to conserve energy, and may even save you a few pounds along the way!
CHANGE YOUR LIGHT BULBS
Using energy-saving light bulbs not only helps the environment – it helps your wallet, too! They last up to 10 times longer than regular light bulbs and use around 80% less energy. An energy-saving light bulb produces the same amount of light at 13-18w as the more traditional 60w bulb. This reduces energy costs and saves you up to £60 over the lifetime of the light bulb. How’s that for an incentive?
We hate to say it, but your parents were right when they nagged you to switch the lights off. It’s an easy way to save power and reduce your electricity bill – turn them off when you leave the room!
A dishwasher makes the dreaded task of washing the dishes feel a little easier, but it can quickly increase your electricity bill. Only use your dishwasher when you have a full load, as a half load uses the same amount of energy. If possible, stop the dishwasher’s cycle when it gets to the drying stage, open it up, and let the load dry naturally. Even better, wash as much as possible by hand!
Be honest – do you really need to use your tumble dryer that often? Tumble dryers consume more energy than most washing machines. It’s much cheaper and better for the environment to use a washing line or a clothes horse if possible. If you do need to use a tumble dryer, make sure you use a fast spin on your washing as this removes more of the water – and remember not to overload it!
If your heating bills start to look a little scary during winter, you can take back control by installing a smart thermostat. They allow you to monitor your heating from a smartphone and help to reduce temperature swings, saving you money and using up less energy!