Saving money is often easier said than done. Whether you swap your car for a bike or cut down on your weekly supermarket shop, you'll know how difficult it can be. However, there is a slightly more effective way in which you could save a significant amount of money each month, and that's by being more energy efficient at home.
There are many measures that can be taken to ensure that you're more energy efficiency in the home environment; some of them need very little thought, whilst others might require some money to be sent – however, in the long run these measures lead to large savings being made on an annual basis.
We've picked a selection of the most effective measures you could implement in your home:
Look at the energy efficiency rating of your electrical items: When people buy electrical goods for the home – such as fridges, freezers, washing machines etc. – they tend to make their choice based on features and design rather than energy efficiency rating, and understandably so. But it is important to think about how much money you could save on energy with a large appliance reflecting an efficiency rating of A.
Remove your chargers from sockets when not in use: Almost everyone in this technologically advanced age possesses at least one gadget – be it a BlackBerry, an iPod or a Kindle. Once these gadgets are fully charged though they're often left left plugged in – which allows them to sap up considered amounts of electricity. Regardless of whether the gadget is actually plugged into the charger or not, they sap up electric. If you unplug your gadget chargers when not in use, you'll be contributing towards saving energy in your home.
Get your home properly insulated: Massive amounts of heat – generated by gas and electrically-powered heating systems – exits through walls and roofs that have not been properly insulated. Some energy suppliers offer insulation for free; however, if yours does not, you should not let that put you off getting your home insulated. Though it'll cost you at first you will find over time that it pays for itself through the savings it helps you to make. With the right loft insulation you can improve your home's energy levels for around 40 years – making it a sound investment.
Switch off! Do not leave on stand-by: We've all been guilty of this at some point. It's easier to switch off, for example, the TV onto stand-by mode than to get up and properly turn it off. What we forget to remember is that these items – monitors, TVs, stereos, computers etc. – use up, in some examples, almost half the amount of electricity when in stand-by mode that they use when they're switched on. It's an incredibly easy step to take and you'll improve the energy efficiency of your home by adopting it.
Watch when you wash: No, this does not mean watch TV when you use your washing machine – as that would make absolutely no sense. You should try to do your washing on sunnier days, so that you can get it out to dry, to limit the need for the use of a tumbler dryer – which does not usually have a high energy efficiency rating. Despite this there may be occasions on which you have to use a tumble dryer, it's unavoidable; If you want to boost the energy efficiency levels in your home, just try to regulate your usage of it.