10 ways you can save household energy (and the environment)

Posted on Nov 09, 2020

We all want to make our earth a better place, for our future and our children’s future. The good news is that by taking small steps to save energy, you’re not only helping the environment but saving yourself money on your next energy bill. Read on for 10 ways you can make a positive environmental impact from the comfort of your own home.

1. A quick shower is a good shower!

By shortening your shower time, you’ll not only save water but also save your back pocket. Try investing in a water saving shower head or installing a timer to keep your household energy use down. Gas hot water heats up instantly, so you’re saving water already.

2. Take the guess work out of temperature control.

Setting timers on your heating and cooling appliances means you can wake up and come home to a comfortable house temperature, without wasting energy heating or cooling your home when you’re out or asleep.

3. Switch to cold water washing.

Washing your clothes in cold water is both environmentally and budget friendly. While you’re at it, try hanging your laundry rather than using the dryer wherever possible.

4. Let there be (efficient) light!

Replacing your lightbulbs with energy efficient options can make a big difference to your power usage – particularly in an older house.

5. Skip the pre-heat.

When it comes to cooking, gas appliances are instant in their heat up – so save energy by getting straight into cooking.

6. Ditch the wood fire.

Smoke and soot from wood fires contribute to air pollution and offer little control over their temperature and burn-time. A natural gas flame-effect fire gives you the same ambiance as a wood heater, without the environmental burden.

7. Upgrade the energy efficiency of your home.

There are plenty of cost-effective ways you can save energy during winter, such as closing doors and curtains to retain warmth, and sealing gaps and cracks to draught-proof your space.

8. Regularly maintain and service your hot water system.

Faults in your hot water system can cost you a great deal if they aren’t solved quickly. Regularly having your systems serviced will ensure there’s no surprises on your next bill.

9. Upgrade to energy efficient appliances

Appliances account for up to 30% of household energy use – so choosing an energy-efficient model can save you a heap on running costs.

10. Switch to natural gas

Natural gas is one of the most eco-friendly sources of energy available. It emits 50 percent less carbon dioxide than coal when you burn it, making a huge difference to the environment.