Energy-efficiency does not just cut down your energy cost. It also helps you become socially responsible by reducing your carbon footprint. So if you want to lend a hand in helping fight climate change while saving money in the process, here are ways to start:
Windows can help regulate temperature inside your home, thereby reducing heating and cooling cost during times of extreme temperature. On average, 30 per cent to 35 per cent of electricity bill in New Zealand is spent on heating.
You can check out window glass products with double- or triple-glazing. This type of glass prevents heat loss during winter and heat gain during summer.
You can enjoy massive savings in your bill just by insulating your home. You can enjoy savings of up to 20 per cent in your annual energy bill just with this measure in place.
When you’re shopping for new appliances, check the energy star rating. More stars on the label mean more efficiency. Similarly, you can also compare the energy consumption figures of different brands and models. The lower the energy consumption number, the more savings you can expect in your energy bill.
Reducing energy consumption is not just a matter of having the right window or appliances. It’s also important that you and your family are mindful of your energy usage. Simple things like switching off the lights when they’re not in use, setting that thermostat a degree lower, opening a window instead of switching on the light or unplugging appliances you’re not using can create a positive impact over time.
Following these energy-saving tips can seem costly at first, especially when it involves home renovations. But if you think about the impact they have in the coming years, these habits are a small price to pay considering the savings you could make in the long term and the contributions you’re making to the green cause.