Do your bit for the environment and help save money on your power bill by following these home renovation tips.
If you're thinking about renovating your home this summer, you might want to think about how you can help look after the environment at the same time. Adding a few eco-friendly touches can make a huge difference to both the planet and your pocket, so follow these tips to do your bit.
Appliances in kitchens and bathrooms can quickly use up a lot of power, which can be detrimental to your power bill and the earth's wellbeing. When shopping for fridges, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers, look at the energy rating affixed to each model. The more stars it has, the better the model will be for the planet and your electricity bill.
Try to to avoid using appliances until you have a full load, and put cycles on cold temperatures whenever possible. These small steps can all add up to make a big difference.
Leaving electrical outlets switched on when you're not using the products connected to them can continue to use up power. This effect is known as "vampire energy" and means that TVs switched off at the unit but left on at the power socket can add up to wasted dollars on your power bill.
One easy way to stop this is by simply switching off all electrical outlets when you're not using them. Make a habit of checking the plugs in each room at the end of the day to ensure they're all turned off. If this seems like a bit too much effort for you, consider purchasing an energy conserving socket to reduce standby power and automatically disconnect appliances after certain periods of time. Not only will these help to reduce energy expenditure but they'll also reduce your risk of fire and electrical surges.