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As you learn more about sustainability, you will realise there are many more ways to do better for the environment than just recycling your cardboard boxes and separating your glass. Your home also plays a significant role in being more sustainable. One common issue is energy usage, but how do you know if your home is using too much energy and working overtime?
Is Your Home Using Too Much Energy?
Check Your Appliances
Your appliances include your fridge and freezer, washing machine, boiler, and other white goods that every home needs. While these should all be Energy Star certified, the older they are, the more likely they consume too much energy. It’s worth checking your systems and cleaning the unit if it’s clogged up with dust to encourage airflow and prevent it from working so hard.
Upgrade Your Systems
Most appliances and systems are built to last for around ten years. So, if it’s been a while since you’ve updated them, it’s time to consider purchasing new appliances for the home. Not only will this solve your overworking problem, but it also means you get a new, modern unit with all the latest tech and functions. If you live in an old property, it might also be worth investing in a new boiler that switches on automatically when you use the hot water instead of having to waste time waiting for it to heat up.
Track Your Energy Usage
Modern household essentials also help you keep track of energy usage, which makes it easier to cut down on how much energy you consume to stop your home from working overtime. Upgrading to smart meters rather than standard meters can make a huge difference as you can view your usage in real-time. Furthermore, you don’t need to report this to the energy company every month, which saves you some time.
Some smart appliances will provide this information via companion apps, and you may be able to set up alerts if an appliance consumes an unusual amount of energy.
Automate Your Lights
Everyone is guilty of leaving the lights on sometimes, but if this happens a lot in your household, you can set up light automation to turn them off after a period, even if you’re not in the house anymore. Besides automating your lights, you could also replace the current bulbs with long-lasting, energy-efficient alternatives to save more energy.
Wipe Moisture Away
Knowing how to spot the sneaky signs of mould can make your home healthier and more hygienic. Black mould is common in older homes as well as rooms where there is a lot of moisture, such as the bathroom. It is usually caused by a lack of ventilation, especially if you hang your clothes to dry, as the moisture is trapped in the home.
Preventing mould in the first place is always going to be more energy efficient than trying to sort out an existing mould problem. You should be vigilant in wiping dampness away as soon as possible and opening the windows for an hour or two (even in winter) to air your property out and prevent mould. Of course, leaving your windows open in winter is not the most energy efficient solution, so try to open them little and often, at times when your heating isn’t on, rather than leaving them open a crack all day.
The Solution To Using Too Much Energy In Your Home
It can be tricky to determine whether your home is working overtime and wasting energy, whether in the bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom. Knowledge is power, so the best first steps are to check your appliances and monitor your energy usage. Then, you may decide to upgrade some of your systems, appliances and light bulbs to newer, more energy-efficient versions. By following these steps, you’ll be taking action to solve the issue of using too much energy in your home.