How to be more energy efficient in 2013

Some are dissuaded by making their homes energy efficient because they think it’ll cost them money to do so. They are, of course, severely misinformed, as being energy efficient actually saves you money in the long run.

This year, you should do your part for the environment, as well as save a bit of money, by making your home as energy efficient as possible. We’ve written up a few tips for you to follow in order to get you started on being energy efficient.

Recycle your old tech
This is actually an important aspect of being energy efficient. Improperly discarded tech, such as old computers, are very bad for the environment. The components of Smartphones and computers are made out of ‘heavy metals’ that contain carcinogenic chemicals that are quite dangerous when sitting in a landfill.
Selling your old tech should be your first port of call, before you look into other recycling methods.

Go easy on the lights

It might seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how much unnecessary light use goes on in your home. Enforce the rules harshly if you have to! Light use takes up to 20 per cent of your electricity bill.
You should also change all of your bulbs to energy-efficient ones. You could cut energy use by 75 per cent by doing so. Although the energy efficient bulbs cost more, they use less energy, so you save money over time.

Go easy on your kettle

It might surprise you that your kettle actually consumes more electricity than your HD television does. In fact, it’s one of the biggest wasters of energy out of all your household appliances. What you can do to use less energy is boiling only the right amount of water you need.
Instead of filling it to the brim, fill your mug with water and pour it into the kettle.

Take care of your insulation

A lot of energy is often wasted because the insulation in your house needs tending to. It’s an easy mistake to make. You stand to save about 20 per cent of your energy bill if your walls and loft are properly insulated.
Take care not to insulate around where your water boiler is – your pipes may freeze during the cold months. Drafts in the windows and doors can easily covered up with rubber tubing that’s fitted to the windowsills.