January 9, 2020
Whenever you turn on the news these days you will probably hear about the climate crisis. There is no escaping the fact that as a society we need to act fast to stop the health of our environment from deteriorating further than it already has. There are of course many things that we could all be doing ourselves as individuals, and one of the best ways that we can help the environment may even help us to save money while we do it. With two great reasons to do these things, why would we choose to not do them?
Our homes use up power and gas, this has an obvious negative effect on the environment, and it is vital that we cut down on the amount that we are using. With this in mind, here are a few suggestions for making your home more fuel-efficient.
Cut Down On The Amount Of Energy You Are Losing
If your home was built more than a couple of decades ago, the chances are that it is not the most efficient when it comes to stoping heat from seeping out through your windows and roofs. A definite improvement will be felt if you look into windows replacement. Not only will it stop heat escaping, meaning that you use less gas to heat your home, but it will also save you money in the long run.
Similarly, if you have an efficient boiler that regulates the heat in your home much better, then you will only need to burn gas when necessary. Having a new boiler, and a thermostat that can be controlled by an app will mean that you will be able to have your home heated when you need it most. But once you reach the right temperature, it will stop.
Your power use can be drastically reduced by getting into the habit of turning switches off whenever they are not in use. Standby can be a very handy feature on most electrical items, but over time you will be burning through lots of power. Similarly, when you charge your phone, don’t leave it on overnight to charge, especially if it only takes an hour or two to fill your battery.
A major way that you can help the environment is to switch your energy provider. If you are with one of the major suppliers, there is a distinct possibility that they are still using lots of fossil fuels in their electricity production. Find out from them how they produce their power, and if they are using fossil fuels, switch to a fully renewable provider who will be using things like solar, wind, or water to create their energy.
Switching from one of the fossil-fuel-based suppliers will not only send a clear message to them that their dated production methods are no longer suitable, but it might also well save you some money too. Renewable energy providers can often be cheaper than the traditional companies.