Energy Saving Tips for Homes
In light of the steady increase in energy costs across the UK, the HBS team have collaborated their knowledge on the best energy saving tips, which will help you to conserve energy costs in your home.
AIR CONDITIONING (AC)
- Make sure the air conditioning is set correctly and keep all doors/windows closed whilst its running – letting warm air in from the outside will mean the unit has to work harder and cost you more to keep it running.
- Make sure all air conditioning systems are regularly serviced and have their filters cleaned as systems running with the incorrect amount of gas or with blocked filters will cost as much as 30% more to run.
- Switch lights off that aren’t in use – if you don’t have LED light bulbs installed in your home, old lighting not only costs more to run but the old bulbs generate heat that will make your air conditioning work much harder than it should have to and increase your energy costs.
If you were to review your household’s electricity bill and split the cost according to appliances, your average household lighting accounts for 15% of the total bill*. To reduce your costs and carbon footprint you could take to following steps.
- Look at changing your florescent bulbs to the best LED light bulbs. LED light bulbs are energy efficient, by replacing your bulbs with an alternative energy product you can save £35 per year*.
- Switch lights off that aren’t in use.
You can conserve energy and your carbon footprint by installing control mechanisms to your lighting such as Dimmable LED Light Bulbs. There are of course other controls you can add into your home without a massive impact on installation costs.
- Attach a passive infrared sensor (PIR) to external lighting. The PIR will detect heat under the lighting parameters which means the light will only be activated when required.
- Install energy monitors in your home so you can monitor and assess any increase in energy consumption.
- Install Wifi sockets and switches in your home which are registered to your mobile devise, switches left on can then be checked and made inactive from any location.