With so many appliances, equipment and pieces of technology being used in our daily lives, it’s no secret that we’re all significantly contributing to climate change through the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. Whilst you may not be able to save the world single-handedly, there are plenty of simple ways you can reduce your carbon footprint at home, and save yourself some money in the process!
Here are some of them…
Insulate your house. A significant amount of heat energy is lost through the walls and, in particular, the roof of your house. Installing both cavity wall insulation and loft insulation can help cut around £300 off your energy bills each year, as well as reducing your energy output. Some energy providers even offer free insulation when you sign up with them. Money Saving Expert has some good advice on this.
Replace your appliances. If your appliances and white goods are getting on a bit then there’s a good chance they’re not as energy efficient as they should be. Updating your appliances such as washing machine, dishwasher, etc, is a great way of reducing your carbon footprint, even though the initial outlay may be a little higher. There are some good offers and promotions around, however, such as the HiSpek Eco Campaign which saves you money when you trade in your old appliances.
Switch off electronics at the wall. It’s a tip that’s as old as time itself, but one that is still important to bear in mind. If you leave your electronics plugged in and switched on at the wall then they’re still using electricity. If possible, switch them off and unplug them to ensure they won’t be costing you any money. Just putting the TV on standby will still be wasting energy and costing you money.
Fill up your appliances. Before you use the dishwasher, washing machine or tumble dryer, make sure they’re as full as possible. Doing one big wash is a lot more energy efficient than doing lots of little washes and will save you a bit of time too.
Hang your clothes out to dry. You can try skipping the tumble dryer altogether by hanging your clothes out to dry naturally. Obviously this is harder to do if the weather isn’t great but is worth it if possible.
Turn the heating down. You could try leaving the heating off as much as possible and wrapping up warm, but if you do have the heating on, just turning it down by 1°C can save you up to £60 a year. Having the heating constantly on at a low heat is also more energy efficient than having it on for short blasts.
Stock up your fridge and freezer. Having your fridge and freezer fully stocked will save you energy as they have to work harder to stay cold if they’re empty.
Cook a few meals at a time. If you have the time, try cooking a few meals at once (much easier if they just use the oven) to save time energy over the course of several days. Similarly, you could cook a large meal that can be popped in the fridge or freezer and will serve you for a few days. There are some great recipe ideas here.