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With growing awareness about the importance of environmental protection and costly utility bills, many people strive to make better use of energy at home. I offer you a few energy-saving tips that can help you achieve this goal.

Heat
There is no denying the fact that heat is expensive. With this in mind, you should do your best to keep cold air out and warm air in. You should find ways to prevent draught. See that your windows and doors fit into their frames, using draught stopping tape around them, as well as draught excluders or door snakes along their bottom to preserve the heat. Here’s a lovely article on how to make a draught excluder.
draught excluderWhen it comes to of heating, your heating device probably has a timer, so you should remember to use it frequently, rather than leave the device running all day long. As a general rule, heaters are commonly strong enough only to heat a single room, so don’t forget to close all the doors and pull the curtains in the nighttime.

 

Water
water-efficient showerheadAn affordable water-efficient showerhead that automatically stops a running when the water is warm enough is what every home should have.

If a device is defined as “low-flow”, it consumes less than 10 liters of water per minute. With regard to toilets, you can reduce water waste by should placing a float booster in the toilet tank, as this can save you up to 40 liters of water a day.

Another way to steer clear of unnecessary water waste is to prevent leaks. “Even a small leaking tap can waste up to a thousand liters of water a month ”, claim the people from the reputable Sydney-based LPZ Plumbing.

 

Electricity
Leaving your appliances on when you are not using them is a sheer waste of electricity. You’ll be surprised to learn that the standby regime, now available for the vast majority of stereos, TVs and DVD players, can account for as much as 7% of your power bill. And if the door of your fridge doesn’t shut tightly, this device is using more energy than it needs to.

Lighting is probably the easiest way to save electricity at home, as all you need to do is to switch it off when you don’t need it. You should also replace several incandescent light bulbs that you use most frequently with the energy efficient ones and this will reduce power consumption even further.

Landscaping
Traditional red wooden house with green grass roof, SwedenEnergy efficient landscaping is the latest fad in energy conservation , focusing on the difference between the energy used to construct a landscape and that consumed by its maintenance.

There are several design techniques, including the construction of green roofs to naturally cool buildings with the use of extra thermal mass, or windbreaks near buildings to reduce heat loss.

This type of landscaping involves the use of local materials to avoid energy loss in transportation, hand tools in place of gasoline-powered , on-site composting to reduce green waste hauling.

  • Steve

    Amazing article Lillian! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

    • Lillian Connors

      I’m glad you liked it. Thanks!