You shouldn't underestimate the power of these things. You can pick them up from most good retail stores and they won't cost you much money. For approximately $10-- depending on location and store-- you could be en route to making some small but significant savings.
Draft-proofing is the easiest and most cost-effective way of saving energy. If drafts are uncontrolled, too much cool air can get into your home, wasting a lot of heat and money.
2. Don't Overfill Your Fridge
Pretty much every home has a fridge, a freezer or an appliance that incorporates both. They are invaluable appliances in the modern world for helping us to store food correctly and safely, making perishables last longer. However, it's important to know the limits when it comes to storage. Overfilling your fridge wastes energy and doesn't make food last as long as you might think.
Inside your fridge the cold air needs to be able to circulate in order to keep the food chilled throughout. If your fridge is crammed full, the unit has to work harder to make sure the air can circulate. This wastes money and energy.
3. Programmable Thermostats
A programmable thermostat is a tool used mainly by gas installers and is designed to help you manage your central heating. The thermostat allows you to program a series of settings to take effect at different times. Settings will vary depending on the type of programmable thermostat you have installed.
You can choose from a variety of these thermostats in a range of trade stores. We would recommend talking to a local plumber or heating contractor if this is something you are considering.
4. Standby... Turn It Off
It's a habit that lots of us have. We have the potential to be saving up to millions a year as a country just by switching our electrical appliances completely off. The majority of these savings can come from consoles being switched off at the mains. Turn your unused televisions and other electrical appliances from standby to off.
5. Turn Lights Off
Again, another habit that a lot of us have. We are all guilty of walking into rooms and leaving again with the lights still switched on. It's a little thing we could be doing, but it goes a long way.
If you use Halogen bulbs in your home or workplace, switching them off for one hour could save you or your business up to $20 a year.
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We are about to say good-bye to Summer, but no matter what the season, you always want to save as much energy (and money) as you can, so why not think about what you could do in addition to these tips? And always remember that Crawford Home Improvements is here to help you with all your home improvement needs!
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