Homeowners are constantly adding new electronic devices to their homes, to the point where the average household has ten electronic appliances. This may include TVs, computers, phones, tablets, and more.
The culprit behind this rapid increase in energy consumption is not hard to spot: It’s our increasing reliance on computers and other digital equipment. These devices may be getting more efficient year after year, but they also come equipped with larger and larger screens, faster processors, and more memory. All of these components require power to run optimally, whether from an outlet or a battery.
There are many ways to cut down on your electricity and gas bills without dramatically changing how you live your life. From small design changes to behavioural changes such as turning off appliances, not in use, here are some helpful ideas for saving during the winter months.
Cutting the Gas Bill
Gas bills are one of the most significant energy expenditures you can control, so it’s essential to find ways to keep them low.
Consider upgrading to an electric coil-type burner if you have an older gas stove with cast iron burners; they use less gas than the older models do. A new induction cooktop uses even less fuel because it heats ferrous (metal) pots or skillets directly rather than heating the air around them. This means that induction cooktops can achieve high temperatures without wasting energy on heating surrounding air; they cook more efficiently and faster than other types of stoves.
If your boiler is on the other side of the house from your living room, you may want to invest in a smart thermostat. It will help you track energy use and have more control overheating. If you have a gas-powered central heating system, a smart thermostat can help you save money on gas bills by automatically switching off your heating when no one’s home.
Most homes in the use gas-powered heat, and when you heat with natural gas, it can be cheaper than heating with electricity (assuming you have access to natural gas). But there’s a problem with this fuel source. It’s not very efficient. The more gas you use, the higher your energy bill will be.
The solution is to buy an advanced thermostat that can help you control your heating costs. Despite their fancy technology, these thermostats are relatively inexpensive, typically costing less than £150. And they can pay for themselves in just a few months by helping you reduce your heating bill.
Let Technology Help
The worst thing that can happen in the cold of winter is for you to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, only to discover that you haven’t left your heating on. There’s no need to risk waking up in a house that’s cold when there are plug sockets available that can be operated with a smartphone. These plugs can be set to turn off after four hours, eight hours, or any time you choose. The timer turns off the power, but it doesn’t cut off power to your home’s main breaker box. Each socket costs about £20, but they’re definitely worth it.
Only Heat the Rooms that You Use
Most heating systems are designed to heat the entire house. But this wastes money, especially if you’re not in every room every day.
Here’s how to pinpoint rooms you’re using and only heat them:
- Figure out which rooms you’re using most often. If you’re home all day, that’ll probably be the living room, kitchen, and bedroom. If you’re leaving for work or school, it might be just your bedroom.
- Get a remote-control thermometer for each room you use regularly. Hang one in the living room, kitchen and bedroom so you can read them easily.
- Find out how much each thermometer costs to run per hour, based on its wattage rating (the higher the number, the more power it uses). Multiply that by how many hours you expect to use it per day (based on when you’re in the room) to get your daily energy cost for each room.
- Take your monthly utility bill and divide it by 30 days to get your daily cost.
- Add up your daily costs for each room (use extra-small numbers like 20p). The total is the total cost of running those three rooms for an entire month.
Upgrading that Old BoilerIt may be the season of giving, but why not give yourself a gift by upgrading that old boiler? You will be saving money on your energy bill this winter. Installing a new energy-efficient boiler can significantly reduce your carbon footprint. Modern boilers are more efficient, meaning they will save you money on gas and electricity.
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