4 ways to save energy and money around your home

Using less energy in and around the home isn’t just good for your wallet – it’s great for the environment too. There are plenty of simple things you can do in every room of your home to save energy. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

Light saving tips

Switching to LEDs or compact fluorescent light bulbs can reduce the energy consumption of your lighting by up to 80 per cent. Check our guide to buying energy-saving light bulbs to find out how you can cut your power usage.

Try installing motion sensors on your security lights outside your home. That way you won’t have to remember to turn them off at night when you have visitors. They’re also a great security feature for your home.

Solar garden lights are an attractive and energy efficient way to light up your garden path. What’s great is that they store the energy that they build up in the day and then automatically light up at night without needing to turn them on.

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Minimise the phantom load on your appliances

The term ‘phantom load’ refers to the electricity an appliance uses when it’s not actually in use. Appliances can still draw power when they are plugged in and switched on at the power source. Some appliances use up to 75 per cent of their total electricity usage when they are turned off. You can minimise this by switching off at the power point or by plugging appliances such as computers, TV and audio equipment into energy saving powerboards.

Insulate to keep the weather at bay

Heating and cooling can use up to 50 per cent of your home’s total energy consumption. Insulation is a great way to keep the warm air in and the cold air out during winter and vice versa in summer. This will save you from needing to turn on a heater or the airconditioning. Installing more insulation in your roof, walls and floors slows the outside air getting inside and is easy to do.

Time to air your laundry

If you don’t have room for a clothesline at home, using a clothes airer can save loads of energy and money. Often the most expensive appliance in the house to run, dryers also use up the most energy.

outdoor lighting

Garden Lighting How to light your outdoors Getting your lighting right outside is just as important as it is indoors. Lights can bring your outdoors to life, highlight certain features and add an element of safety.

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Garden Lighting Bring your garden to life with lights When the sun goes down, your garden can still look fantastic with the right lighting. Follow our guide to make your plants, landscaping and outdoor entertaining area shine.

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Lighting How to install low voltage deck lights Turn your deck into a space you can use night and day. This video will show you how to install lights into your decking.

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Garden Lighting How to install a solar sensor light Solar sensor lights are a great idea for deterring intruders and lighting up your entertaining area.

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How to choose Energy Saving Light Bulbs

Lighting How to choose energy saving light bulbs With the average household spending about 10 per cent of its power bill on lighting, switching to energy efficient lights – especially LEDs – is one of the fastest and easiest ways to reduce your power consumption.

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