Seven smart strategies to become more energy efficient

Every household, business, private residence or corporate building has a responsibility towards energy efficiency. If you are energy efficient you are environmentally responsible, you reduce the impact of your carbon footprint, not only do you help the planet, you save money at the same time.  

It’s hard to escape the furore caused by energy efficiency protagonists.  Supporters of green campaigns raise awareness of eco-friendly causes, quite rightly, they highlight the need to embrace energy efficient measures and saving energy around the home is a brilliant starting point.

Apart from installing energy efficient air conditioning systems, other shrewd but simple measures can be adopted to turn your household into a fuel saving property, we cover a few of the basics, do this and start saving money straight away.

Seven top energy saving tips 

  1. Do you need the heating on?

If your home feels chilly while watching movies, try wearing extra layers of clothing instead of switching the central heating on straight away.  Your body can adjust, use base layers to keep the chills at bay and stop turning on the heating as soon as you notice there’s a nip in the air. Wear socks and slippers around the house to prevent heat escaping via your feet.

  1. Lower the thermostat

Research has shown that by reducing our thermostat by a mere 10C you can save over £50 per year. Just one degree saves money and uses less energy, it’s a small measure that has significant results, and it’s a tiny sacrifice to make. You might not notice the drop in temperature but you will certainly notice the savings you make through your household utility bills.

  1. Unplug appliances

Get into the habit of unplugging appliances if they don’t need to be switched on. The moment you charge mobile phones and tablets, turn of chargers at the mains and don’t use any more electricity than you have to.  Make sure everyone in your household understands the importance of switching off electrical items once they have finished using them.

  1. Use natural warmth

On sunny days open curtains, blinds and shutters to let light and warmth flood into your property. This is a practical use of UV rays. Instead of leaving your home in the cold and dark enjoy a bright, temperature-controlled environment.

  1. Add measures to trap warmth in the home

Use a variety of home improvement measures to keep warmth inside a property and make it energy efficient at the same time. Include some or all of these suggestions if you haven’t already done so:

  • Loft insulation
  • Cavity insulation
  • Double glazing
  • Underfloor insulation
  • Solar panel installation
  1. Reduce washing temperatures

The next time you wash a pile of clothes try doing this on a lower temperature. Your machine wastes energy heating up water, set the temperature at 30 – 400C and it takes less time to heat up and still washes clothes to a brilliant standard.

  1. Trim tumble drying times

Where possible, dry clothing naturally outdoors. If this is impossible, due to poor weather, for example, leave to dry naturally in the house if you can, or reduce the amount of time you spend tumble drying clothes. Take them out of the dryer whilst they are still a little damp. Not only will you find them a doddle to iron, you’ll save energy as well.

There you go, seven tips to help you save energy around the home, use them with our blessing at Sovereign Air Conditioning.

Author: Gareth Whalley
Sharing my vast knowledge in the Air Conditioning and Mechanical services field especially in HVAC installation, service and maintenance across a broad range of sectors, including Healthcare, Education, Transport, Banking, Retail and Commercial developments.