Each and every time you read that huge quarterly energy bill, you vow that is the last time you will ever be so careless. But when the next bill rolls around, you somehow make the same promise again…and again. It is the same cycle so many up and down the UK find themselves in, discovering that their good intentions are promptly eroded by the reality of trying to balance a busy life.
The fact of the matter is that when you are already struggling to keep your life on the straight and narrow, trying to introduce huge lifestyle changes for the sake of slashing energy bills does not seem realistic. On the positive side however, there are various ways and means by which considerable energy savings could be made every day without having to make any huge lifestyle changes at all. It is simply a case of injecting some common sense into the equation and seeking one or two low-cost energy-saving technologies.
So from the experts who live and breathe energy savings, here is a short overview of a few tips that will make a big difference to your energy bills, without affecting your lifestyle too much:
1 – Upgrade to LED
First up, if you believed you were doing yourself a favour by getting rid of those incandescent lights in favour of halogen designer interior lighting, you may want to think again. While there is absolutely no disputing the fact that recessed halogen lighting can look fantastic and create a wonderful effect, many halogen bulbs on the market today are energy-inefficient. By contrast, LED bulbs installed to do the same job can bring home energy savings of nearly 80%. It could seem like a small thing, but when you make the switch with 30 or 40 bulbs around the home, it is in fact a quite huge reduction in energy consumption without making any drastic changes at all.
2 – Timers and Dimmers
Still on the topic of lighting, it is also a good idea to think about installing more timers, dimmers and general control systems in both the home and the garden. Timers for instance could be great in terms of making sure that both external and internal lights are only in use when necessary and can’t be left on for long period of time by accident. As for dimmers, it is simply a case of making sure that only the precise amount of energy at the time is used – as opposed to it being an “all or nothing” situation. Last but not least, rather than having a single switch and can control a dozen lights in a room, think about splitting up control by way of different switches to once again make sure no unnecessary or excessive energy is used.
3 – Put an End to Standby
It is the kind of tip that has been said so many times, it has become every bit as cliché as it is crucially important. Even today with so many energy-efficient devices and appliances, every minute your electrical items remain in standby is a minute you’re throwing money down the drain. Whichever way you look at it, turning the stereo, TV or PC off at the mains between uses will not take more than five seconds extra of your time, yet has the potential to build on-going savings across the board.
4 – Buy Quality Bulbs
Back on the topic of lighting for a moment, it is important to consider the fact that not all energy-saving light bulbs are produced to the same quality standard. This is exactly why you’ll come across some so-called “low energy” LED bulbs that cost in the region of £1.50 while others of pretty similar specifications will set you back £5. There will always be a difference between the products offered by brands at different levels – don’t get fooled into making initial savings only to then pay through the nose for wasted energy.
5 – Think About Remote Controls
Last up, it is also worth considering checking out the latest innovations in remote control technology whereby anything from lighting to heating to security features in general could be monitored and controlled via any connected smartphone or tablet PC. Having full control over your devices and appliances being used around the home will undoubtedly help the cause when looking to make considerable savings.