The more stars on their energy rating label the products have, the better the energy efficiency of the product. Pay attention to appliances that consume the most energy such as fridges because they run all day and night.
1. Use appliances wisely: As much as 1/3 part of your energy bills are generated from basic appliances. So if not needed then turn off all additional fridges and freezers, and consider getting rid of these. While cooking, place a lid on pots, fill the kettle and pots with only as much water as you need. Decrease pool filter running time to the safest minimum time set out in the manual. Dry your clothes in the sun instead of using a dryer since it’s completely free!
2. Climate control: The next biggest energy guzzlers are usually heating and cooling. Set your heating thermostats to 64 -68 degrees in winter. Your energy usage increases between 5 to 10 percent with every degree you increase on the thermostat. Only heat or cool the rooms you are using and make sure you close the doors so that the heats stay within the room.
3. Turn it off at the power point: More than 10 percent of your power bill comes from energy consumption of appliances left on standby. Any electrical items with a little light on or clock are using power, even your mobile phone charger is drawing power although your phone is not plugged in. When you are not using appliances, turn them off at the power point. This habit is the easiest way to be energy efficient. Consider smart power boards and take control of your technology.
4. Hot water: Hot water is potentially the single biggest source of energy use in your home. Only wash your clothes in cold water and with a full load. Scrape your plates first, then rinse them with cold water before putting them in the dishwasher; and remember to operate the dishwasher only when it’s full. Fit a low-flow showerhead (it will pay for itself in no time), and take shorter showers.
5. Check Windows: 40 percent of the heat in your home could be lost from your windows. Draw the curtains to let the sun in winter during the day, and close curtains before it gets dark to keep the heat in , especially while your heater is on. Close curtains during the hottest part of the day in summer. Open curtains and windows to let warm air out and cool breezes in at night.