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Reduce Your Carbon Foot Print & Save Energy

Write By: AVENUE Published In: Ethical and Eco Living Created Date: 2016-05-25

Julie Moore, director of Save Energy Save Money, shares her tips for how you can reduce your carbon footprint within your own home.

I am often asked what is the easiest way to reduce your carbon foot print, and I always answer; your home energy consumption. This benefits the environment and your back pocket which is a great added bonus. The majority of people don’t even realise where energy is wasted, so here are our top tips on the areas where you can conserve energy.

  1. Turn it off – standby consumption accounts for up to $120 per year on your energy bills, so every blinking light or digital clock is consuming energy needlessly. Especially when you go on holiday, make sure you turn everything off as no one is home to benefit from it. If behind your TV unit is anything like my spaghetti junction mess, sometimes it can be hard to know which plug goes with a particular appliance. This is where you could invest in a standby control, which turns everything on and off at once.

  2. Timer Switches – These are more prevalent during the summer and winter months when you use your air conditioner more. It’s great to come home/wake up to a warm house but leaving it on all day and night is just a waste of energy. Timer switches permit you to set the time when your heating and cooling systems turn on and off, allowing you to set parameters for when you will most benefit from it.

  3. Remember to close the doors and windows to rooms you’re not using to trap in that hot/cool air. Celling fans with a reverse function are great for pushing cool air down in summer and warm air down in winter. In the summer months keep your thermostat at a cool 24 degrees in summer and in winter a solid 18 degrees. Every degree higher can increase your heating and cooling bills by around 5%. Dress in layers so you can add/remove layers throughout the day to maintain your desired temperature.

  4. Limit the amount of time you spend in the shower to keep those hot water bills down. Standing in the shower to heat yourself up in the morning can use up to 20 more times electricity than hopping out and standing under a heat lamp.

  5. Switch to a green energy provider. Not everyone can get solar, however you still have the option to switch to an energy provider that uses renewable energy. Use a comparison website to compare costs for you. You can even call your existing provider as most companies these days have some kind of renewable energy option for you. To ensure you’re on the best deal, it’s always good to shop around at least once a year for your energy provider.

  6. Find out when are your peak and off peak tariffs with your energy provider (unless you have solar). Your off peak tariff is usually very unsociable hours, such as between 11pm and 4am. This is when your energy costs are reduced and when you should operate your appliances and pool filters. Not everyone is a night owl so use your timer switches to set these to turn after you have gone to bed. Most appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers have delay start functions that allow you to set them to come on when you desire.

We hope these tips help you reduce your energy consumption and save you a bit of cash along the way!

Julie Moore director of Save Energy Save Money

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