Tips for saving energy in your home
- Katherine D. Rodriguez
We’ll likely use more energy at home now that working from home is the norm. It will affect our wallets and the cost of living, but we can use less energy.
Energy comparison is not possible right now, but we can still take steps to reduce our energy usage. These 103 tips will help you save energy in your home.
The tips are categorized by room to the extent possible so you can easily find them. Some measures are quick and simple, but others require a substantial investment in time and money.
Tips for saving energy in the living room
Living rooms are one of the places we spend most of our time, so we must be very aware of how to limit energy consumption.
Reduce the energy consumption of your TV
How often do your family members watch TV in the living room with you? The average British household will manage over 22 hours of television per week by 2020. This can make it one of the most energy-consuming appliances in the home.
When buying a new television, consider the type and size of the screen. If you are concerned about power consumption, you should know that a 32-inch energy-efficient LCD screen will use half as much energy as a 42-inch plasma screen. The smaller the TV, the cheaper it is to run. Also, consider the type and the length of time it has been available.
Similarly, a new television should use less energy in standby mode. The energy consumption of most new TVs is usually below 1 watt. Older models left on standby are wasting energy. Turning off appliances at their plugs can save you up to 70 PS annually.
Look for the Energy-saving Trust recommended label when buying your new television to ensure you buy a TV with optimized energy-saving features.
The best way to conserve energy with your TV is to turn it off when you’re not watching. A Uswitch study of British households revealed that 42% of respondents leave their TVs on for five hours or more weekly to watch a show with their pet. When you’re not using your TV, could you turn it off?
Turn down the brightness of the TV when it’s on. Factory settings are usually brighter than needed for most homes. Switch on the ambient lighting sensor. The sensor will automatically adjust the contrast if you watch TV in a dark room.
Use the radio screen blanking function to save energy when listening to the radio on your TV.
Breaking the habit of falling asleep with your TV on is essential. It’s not only a waste of energy, but it can also be harmful to your health. Research has shown that the stimulation from mobile phones and TV screens makes it difficult to wind down.
Reduce the energy consumption of your laptops
It’s essential to learn how to reduce the energy consumption of our laptops, as working from home is likely to increase in the future.
A laptop is better if you do not need a full desktop setup. It’s smaller and more energy efficient than larger models.
Older monitors and models could be more energy efficient. Upgrade to a newer, more energy-efficient model if you own an older one.
Modern computers also turn on and off quickly. This makes it less appealing to leave your laptop plugged in unnecessarily, which will save energy. You can save energy when your computer is unused by turning it off.
Use your power-saving features: Computers use the same amount of energy, whether active or not. Sleep or hibernate modes will turn the monitor off after a few minutes and save you energy.
Use a low-energy inkjet printer rather than a high-energy laser printer if possible.
Using your phone to view the tickets for concerts and other events rather than printing them out is better. It also reduces the amount of paper waste.
Tips for saving energy in the kitchen
There are many ways to reduce the energy used in the kitchen.
Microwaves are the fastest and most efficient method of heating and cooking food. They reach higher temperatures faster, and their smaller size means the heat is directed more directly to the food.
Instead of boiling water directly on your hob, you can use the kettle and then transfer the water to a pan to steam and boil.
It’s okay to waste energy on boiling water that’s not needed.
Avoid overfilling the kettle when using it to boil water. This could save PS11 per year on your electric bills.
Slow cookers can be an efficient cooking appliance. They are great for people who want to prepare food when they’re away or doing other things. They use less energy than a standard light bulb.
Cook as much as possible in the oven to get the most out of your space and heat. It makes sense to cook all your lunches simultaneously if you’re making them for work.
Close the oven door while cooking. The oven can lose up to 25 degrees each time the door is opened. This means that it will take more energy to heat up again. You won’t need to open the oven door to check if your food is done if you keep the glass clean.
Defrost frozen food in advance, either on the counter or in the refrigerator. This will reduce the cooking time by half and save energy.
Defrosting your refrigerator freezer is essential. It will save you energy.
You should pay attention to when it takes your oven to heat up and start cooking when you reach the right temperature.
Keep your fridge or freezer cool by cleaning behind them.
Reduce cooking time by boiling potatoes in a pan before roasting them in the oven.
In the oven, use ceramic or glass dishes instead of metal trays and dishes. The best materials to use in a range are glass and ceramic. They retain heat better than other materials, such as metal. You can set the temperature lower than necessary if you are comfortable deviating from the recipe.