I am often get asked for my most favored energy saving tips and while there are so many available there are a few that I think are cost effective and relatively easy to implement. For many people going fully passive regarding their energy usage is still quite a long way out, but that does not mean that you should just sit back and waste energy. So, for today’s post, I want to highlight some really simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint quite drastically.
Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
To this day lots of people still have old fashioned light bulbs which use an awful lot more energy than the latest energy saver ones. Yes, they are more expensive and it would probably put a hole in your pocket if you replaced every bulb at the same time. What I recommend people to do, is to add one new light bulb every time they go to the store for a weekly shop. Within a few months you will have all the bulbs replaced and will be saving energy without a once off large expense.
This is probably the best way to increase the energy efficiency of your home. There are many ways to do this, including spray foam, rolled insulation and blown in insulation. The best thing you can do is work out your attic insulation cost for a specific standard you want to achieve. Once you know how much insulation material you need you can head down to your local Home Depot, buy the material and hire the insulation blowing machine. It really is a simple DIY job that I have seen many people in my family do without any problems.
Cavity Wall Insulation
This is a bigger job than attic insulation and is only necessary in older houses where there is little to no insulation in the cavity wall. You will need to hire the services of a professional, but if there is no insulation in your walls this is something you should consider. Certainly get the attic insulated first, but you will not see the really big improvements until the whole building has an adequate amount of insulation.
These have really taken off in the last couple of years and are relatively inexpensive to have set up. Basically, they learn over time what your preferences are for heating and at what times you tend to need heat the most. They then calculate the most efficient way to deliver your preferred levels of heat and in some cases can reduce your heating bills by over 10%. It is a simple solution and quite cost effective as well.
Switch To Night Rate Electricity
A lot of people think that this is purely a money saving thing to do, but it will indeed reduce your carbon footprint as well. Delivering electricity at peak times of the day requires very inefficient running of power stations. Some estimates go as far as saying that there is up to a 30% difference between the low usage and busiest times of day. What this means for you personally is that you should set timers on appliances like washing machines, dish washers and dryers so that they run during the night. I have been doing this for years now and it really is no inconvenience.
I’d love to hear from my readers in the comments sections about any ideas for energy savings.