TIPS ON HOW TO SAVE IN GAS AND ELECTRICITY

With the current economic crisis, people are looking for better ways to reduce energy costs.Different companies have different energy rates and you could compare electricity & gas rates by speaking with our experts

In this article, we look at the various ways of doing so to save on money.

Ways to cut on electricity costs

Beloware the various ways to cut on electricity bills. 

 

  • Use energy saving bulbs

 

One of the best ways to bring down your electricity bill is to replace halogen bulbs with energy saving light bulbs. They are not expensive to buy and could save you approximately $40 annually. They are also long lasting and the savings could outweigh the cost of all the bulbs you choose to install.

 

  • Switch off at the plug

 

Most people will leave their appliances plugged in at the main switch even when not in use. By switching off at the main plug, you save roughly $35 every year. This also applies to mobile phones. Unplug your mobile phone from the charger and the charger from the power switch when done charging. 

 

  • Turn off lights

 

Always remember to switch off the lights once you leave a room. Preferably, you can purchase a dimmer switch as this helps save on energy costs as well as ensure your bulbs last longer.

 

  • Turn down the thermostat

 

Getting an extra blanket or wearing a few more layers will ensure you are warmer without the need of switching on your heating system. Something as simple as turning down your heater one degree lower could save you an impressive $60 annually.

Additionally, you could set your timer so that your heating comes down when you are not home. Then come on some minutes before you get home.

 

  • Be more energy efficient in the kitchen

 

There are various things you could do in the kitchen to bring down gas and other electricity bills.

Keeping lids on pans helps retain most of the heat in the pan , making food cook faster.Instead of turning up your home heating system, you could open the door of your oven after you have switched it off to give your house extra heat, especially during the colder seasons.

Another thing to note is that fridges conserve more energy when they are full. So, make a point of filling up some containers with water then putting them in the fridge when food is running low.

Additionally, you should avoid overfilling your water kettle. Put just the amount you need. This saves on energy and water bills.

How to make your home more energy efficient

Apart from the above tips,there are a few strategies to implement in your home, to make it energy efficient. Yes, the initial costs will be high but in the long run, it will help you save on gas and electricity.

  • Insulation

Insulating your lofts and walls will help retain heat minimizing heating costs.

  • Carpets

Carpets is one of the easiest ways to keep your house warm. If you have wooden floors, carpets will prevent heat from escaping 

 

  • Smart meter

 

Investing in a smart meter helps one manage their energy usage and save money of electricity and gas bills.