Saving money through switching suppliers is easy with Allegra’s Progressive Energy Group, but you could also save money on your bills by using less gas and electricity around your house or business. As well as saving money, you could also be helping to protect the environment.
Even if you save money by switching energy suppliers, it doesn’t mean that you can not take steps to further reduce your electricity and gas bills. So in addition to saving money, you could also be helping to protect the environment. Here are a few suggestions for saving on power usage around the house:
- Standby inaction: Steps are being taken to phase out the standby function on most appliances. And it is no surprise, considering that an estimated 20% of all household electricity usage is squandered on electrical equipment left on standby. So you can make a significant saving and reduction in carbon emissions by just turning unplugging unused electric devices.
- No charge: It also makes good sense to ensure that cell phone chargers and other power supplies are UNPLUGGED. It is estimated that 95% of all energy used by phone chargers in the United States are wasted, because they are left plugged in and using your device.
- Embrace the darkness: It is an easy habit to get into, but it will save a great deal of energy just to switch off a light when the last person leaves the room. In addition, switching to energy efficient LED lighting will save you big time. They use considerably less energy and cut electric consumption by 45 to 80%, and last much longer than an ordinary bulbs (up to 8 to 10 times longer), which more than makes up for their slightly higher cost of the LED bulbs and tubes.
- The big chill: A fridge or freezer will have to use more energy to keep your produce cold if there are big gaps of open space inside. Either keep your fridge/freezer well stocked, or if it is a while before your next grocery shopping day, than stuff shopping bags with newspaper and keep them in the spaces.
- Going off the boil: Only boil as much water as you need each time in your pots and pans. Heating water is comparatively expensive, so it is worth while making sure that all you boiling goes to good use.
- No longer dirty at thirty: Most washing detergents nowadays will give your clothes a thoroughly good clean even at 30°C. So why not reduce the temperature at which you do your wash? In addition, be sure that you always wash a full load, rather than small amounts at a time. This will save on both energy and detergent.
- Don’t overheat: It’s a good idea to fine tune your home heating habits. Why not turn your thermostat down a degree, or adjust your timer so that your house is only being heated when necessary? Plus, it is more energy efficient to heat your house at a lower temperature over a longer time, rather than in short bursts of high heat.
- Insulation – that’s what you need: Investing in insulation is costly, but will save you on your energy bill. Insulation helps to stop heat escaping from your house and so less energy is wasted. Grants can be available to help you with insulation costs.
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