With Earth Day upon us, it’s a great time to remember the importance of environmental awareness. To do this, individual action is encouraged to help make a contribution. This can be done in the form of saving energy in your home. Small changes can make a huge difference, and can sometimes even save you money. Take a look at some of our tips to help you save energy in your home.
Insulate Your Home
It may seem like a simple step, but your home may not be as well insulated as you think. By sealing any air leaks at windows and doors, and properly insulating, you have the potential to save on heating bills. Any gaps in the floor or small openings underneath your front door can be easily fixed by attaching a draft excluder or covering your floor with a rug. Double glazed windows can help prevent heat loss via your windows, and proper insulation in your attic or walls can assist with energy efficiency as well. Not only can these tips help you save cash, but it will also help keep your home warmer in the winter months and cooler in summer.
Consider Your Lighting
Lightbulbs have changed a lot in the last number of years, with the focus shifting to energy efficiency. According to Electric Ireland, CFL and LED light bulbs are the most commonly used in the Republic of Ireland and both are up to 80% and 85% more efficient than ordinary bulbs1, and if you were to change to an A Rated CFL bulb, the average home could save €144 per year – so this is certainly a change worth considering.1 These bulbs can not only help you save energy, they also have a high-quality light output, can last almost 10 times longer than standard bulbs and are up to four times more efficient.2
Pull the Plug
You may think that if an appliance is powered off that it won’t use any power. How often do you leave your kettle, television, or lamps plugged in all day? You would be very surprised by the amount of energy used by these appliances. Switch off unused appliances when going to bed and when you are out of your home, and turn off lights in rooms that aren’t being used to help conserve energy and therefore save money in the long run. It is also worth noting that setting a timer for your heating can help manage energy usage. Your radiators will typically continue to heat your home for a time after the heating has been turned off. The best way to check how much energy you are using in real time is to install electricity monitors. When you switch on a certain appliance, the numbers will begin to increase as energy is being used, helping you to make decisions on your energy use based on the data given to you.
Make Small Changes
Your washing machine and dishwasher can be two of the more expensive appliances to run. Consider only running them when you have a full load of dishes or laundry. For example, the average dishwasher uses 12 litres of water per cycle, so if not loaded fully, you could use twice the amount of water for the same amount of dishes.3 Drying your clothes outside when possible can also help decrease energy usage in your dryer. It is also important to note that electrical appliances can vary in how efficient they are in terms of energy usage. Retailers are legally required to provide the recognisable EU energy label on required products4. When replacing appliances, especially bigger ones, makes sure to take into consideration the energy rating.
By making these changes around your home, you can help save energy and make a small contribution towards a sustainable environment, whilst also feeling a positive benefit in your pocket. It is also important to note that when a property needs to be totally rebuilt following an insured event, Allianz customers enjoy the benefit of Allianz rebuilding the property to a higher BER (Building Energy Rating) “A” rating. This means a more energy efficient, better insulated, easier to heat, and less hazardous to the environment home.
This guidance is for general information purposes only.
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