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50 Easy Ways To Save Electricity In Your Home

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I’m used to working at home, but having the whole family here, it got me thinking about the amount of electricity we were using. Of course, when they’re all at work, they’re still using the same amount of energy (if anything, probably more!), but now we’re all inside and have more control over the energy we’re using – it seemed like a topic worth thinking about. So, I’ve compiled a quick list of 50 things you can do to save electricity at home.

How to save electricity with your devices

  • Look into renewable energy
  • Use energy saving modes on your devices to make charge last as long as possible
  • Reduce your use of devices where possible
  • Use Smart Home devices to easily switch off unnecessary heating/lighting/appliances
  • Unplug your phone as soon as it’s charged
  • Use solar charges for devices whenever possible

How to save electricity with your lighting

  • Arrange your space to make the most of natural light
  • Switch to LED bulbs
  • Turn off the lights in rooms you’re not using
  • Get motion sensor lights for outside
  • Use task lighting whenever possible
  • Install dimming switches – the less bright you have them, the more electricity you’re saving!
  • Paint rooms with light colours, they need less intense lighting for the same effect.

How to save electricity with appliances

  • Unplug appliances that aren’t in use
  • Defrost food in the fridge to help lower the power needed to regulate temperature
  • Replace old appliances with new energy efficient models
  • Keep your fridge full – it helps to regulate temperature
  • Clean your fridge coils to improve efficiency
  • Reduce your reliance on appliances where possible, eg. drying clothes outside when it’s warm
  • Do full loads of washing, whether it be clothes or dishes
  • Skip the drying cycle on your dishwasher and dry dishes by hand
  • Use eco washing cycles on your dishwasher
  • Remove excess water before putting your clothes in your dryer
  • Invest in a dryer with an auto-off when clothes are dry
  • Turn off appliances when you travel
  • Run cold washes in the washing machine whenever possible

How to save electricity in the kitchen

  • Only fill the kettle with the water you need
  • Open your windows instead of using an extractor
  • Use a pressure cooker whenever possible – they use much less energy than ovens
  • Use glass and ceramic cooking pots, they retain and use heat better than metal ones
  • Let food go completely cold before placing in the fridge
  • Use the right size pan – heating a bigger surface than you need wastes energy
  • Use the right size burner to heat your pan efficiently
  • Clean your hob burners to allow them to work most efficiently
  • Use your microwave to reheat food – it uses less energy than an oven
  • Meal prepping, or cooking large batches of food at once, helps to lessen the energy spent heating your oven fully multiple times throughout the week
  • Cover pots with a lid when boiling/cooking, you’ll reach higher temperatures quicker and use less energy

How to save electricity in the bathroom

  • Take shorter showers
  • Take showers instead of baths
  • Put your hot water on a timer so it’s only being heated when needed
  • Open the windows instead of using a fan

How to save electricity when you heat your home

  • Have an expert evaluate your home’s insulation and recommend changes
  • Use curtains to stop heat escaping through windows
  • Double glazed windows help to insulate your home
  • Use kitchen heat – open your ovens once you’re done cooking to help heat the room
  • Put on a jumper and your fluffiest socks rather than turning up the heating
  • Weather stripping is a great way to improve your insulation
  • Invest in summer and winter duvets to help regulate temperature
  • Put an individual thermostat on each radiator, keeping lesser used rooms cooler
  • Use radiator reflectors to make radiators more efficient (https://amzn.to/39FXqqO)

And that’s it. I was pleased to come up with so many ideas that were cheap or free, it really leaves us with no reason not to make a change. Of course, habits are hard to break, but these small changes can make the world (quite literally) of a difference. Plus, you’ll be saving big bucks on your bills without spending out!

Leave any of your own tips below! Love, Ella xx

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