The Economics of Efficiency: Family Friendly Energy Saving Tips

The Economics of Efficiency: Family Friendly Energy Saving Tips
1102054_23632733Energy outgoings in the home can quickly add up, costing families significant amounts of money each month. Saving energy in the home doesn’t have to mean sacrifice; with a few simple steps, even the most chaotic home can be running more efficiently and saving significantly on monthly expenses. From running washer dryers more efficiently to maximising the power of the average fridge freezer, here are a few quick and easy ways to keep energy consumption (and related costs) down in any home.

 

Work to Maximum Capacity

Be sure to always fill washing machines, dryers and dishwashers to full capacity before running a cycle. These machines are much more energy efficient when they are working with full loads. If possible, set the machines to special cycles that are eco-friendly; these settings are designed to reduce electricity and water use and dishwasher eco settings can reduce energy costs by close to 16%. You can find eco-friendly washing machines at all electrical retailers like Tesco.

Lighten Up

One of the easiest and least expensive ways to increase efficiency in the home is to swap out old light bulbs for more energy efficient ones. Replacing older bulbs with compact fluorescent ones (CFL) incur minimal cost but maximum long term savings. These bulbs use 75% less energy than their counterparts and last 10 times longer.

Keep it Cool

One obvious way to save energy when it comes to fridge freezers is to avoid keeping doors open for longer than necessary. It’s also a good idea to avoid putting warm food into a freezer as this requires the freezer to work much harder to regulate temperatures. Wait for food to cool before freezing, and similarly, move frozen items into the fridge to defrost. This will help cool the fridge down, thus saving energy. Much like other machines, fridges work at maximum efficiency when they’re about three quarters full so be sure to keep it relatively well stocked, even if it’s just with bottles of water filled up in the sink.

Running an energy efficient home is easier than most families think! A few small adjustments to the average routine can yield significant long term savings that families can put toward much more entertaining activities than laundry.

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