More households are going green. But conserving energy isn't just about helping the environment – it can save you money too.
To help you lower your bills, here are some energy-saving tips.
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If you have air conditioning, it can account for a large amount of your electricity usage. Keeping your thermostat at 24°C or higher can help save electricity and lower your bills.
Setting your fridge at 4°C – or the temperature the manufacturer recommends – can help save energy by avoiding excessive cooling.
Having shorter showers rather than a bath is an easy way to reduce the amount of water you're using, as well as the energy needed to heat that water.
Avoid putting your washing machine on high settings. Most detergents work perfectly fine on lower temperatures like 30°C.
You could save even more money by using an eco-wash setting and waiting until you have a full load of washing.
Hang clothes to dry where possible rather than using a tumble dryer.
If you have both a laptop and a desktop computer, aim to use the laptop when you can. Laptops typically use a lot less energy, as they can run for long periods of time with just battery power. A desktop, on the other hand, must always be plugged in.
A laptop can also give you the freedom to move to cooler areas of your home, so you could avoid having to spend extra money on air conditioning.
As well as changing your habits, you can also make positive energy-efficient changes to your home.
Improvements you could make could be to:
If you need some cash to renovate, you may be able to refinance your home. Benefits of this can include lower profit rates and monthly payments, and freeing up cash that you can use for energy-saving home improvements.
Remember, your home could be repossessed if you're unable to keep up with your home financing repayments.