When I was a kid I would think nothing of it when I would leave the living room, lights on and the TV still blaring. I would wonder why my dad would get so uptight about it. But as a parent and a home owner myself now, I know why he was so obsessed with not wasting energy. Paying bills sucks, but having to pay extra because you are just wasting energy is like you are opening your front door and just tossing a few bucks out into the street! Here are a few ways that you can stop wasting energy and have a little more money in your pocket each year.
Do Not Mess With The Thermostat
Me and my brother when we were kids would love to play with the thermostat dial. Not because we wanted the house to be warm, but simply because we liked to play with the dial. This drove my dad nuts and now as a parent myself, the thermostat is a no go zone for my kids. Turning your thermostat down just one degree has been known to cut some households heating bills by ten percent for the year! How crazy is that! Just think what else you could do with say a spare fifty bucks.
Check Your Hot Water
Is the hot water that comes out of the tap in your kitchen, bath and whatever hot as the water in hell? Then turn your water heater down a little bit. Think about it what do you do once you run your hot water for your bath? You then put in the cold water. So as you can see there is no need to have your hot water at the maximum temperature.
Keep Your Heat In The House
One quote you will hear a lot in my house is “I am not paying to heat the street”. I say this to my kids and my partner quite often, who complain that it’s cold, so we put the heating on only for them to leave all the doors open, windows open and whatever else they can do to make the heat escape from the house! Try and keep each room nice and cozy by trapping he heat in the room and not wasting money letting your heat literally drift out the window!
Keep Away Vampires
Grab your holly water, cross and fight them away… just kidding. By vampire I am meaning the electronic devices that you have which slowly, but surely suck away electricity when you are not using them. Stop leaving things on standby. Turn things off at the wall when you go to bed at night and try not to leave things on charge such as laptops and cell phones too long. The average house wastes so much energy and money by leaving devices on standby.
You Are Not Running A Launderette
When I do a load of washing I make sure that the washer is loaded up to the max. Doing half loads is just a complete waste of energy and money. This goes for more than just the washing machine. Try and have this same logic for the dish washer and the tumble dryer as well. This is a great way to cut back on the energy that you are using.
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