As we all do our part to lower our energy consumption, we need to figure out the best hacks to lower our power bills. There are several ways you can change how you use energy in your home - including replacing less efficient appliances with more efficient options that have higher energy ratings, and doing more things by hand when you can.
There are also changes to your home you can try that let you just lie back and relax while you save on your power bill. With winter on our doorsteps, reducing your energy usage during this chilly period is crucial to ensuring you don’t get bill shock.
Check out these energy-efficient products that will help you save on every bill.
LED (or Light Emitting Diode) bulbs have been one of the most popular energy-efficient products for a while now, but there are still some of us that are holding out against them.
One of the big reasons people are hesitant to switch to LED bulbs is that they have a higher initial cost than traditional coil bulbs. In the long run, the difference is minimal and you’ll more than make it up over the life of the bulb.
LED bulbs use less power than traditional bulbs and last longer! Another reason people are against LED bulbs is because of their colder colour - they are known for whiter whites which feel colder than the warm, yellow whites of coil bulbs. But LEDs have come a long way and are available in a range of shades and tones now. You can even get bulbs that sync with your phone so you can switch the bulb colour to any colour you like (blue, red, purple, green).
If you’re not sure how to have an energy-efficient home and which energy-saving products for your home you should start with, LED bulbs are always a good choice and one of the easiest types of energy conservation devices to try out.
LED bulbs will save you power and money in the long run and they’ll only bring positive effects to your day-to-day life.
If controlling your lighting from your phone appeals to you, consider controlling the temperature for your entire home from your phone. Heating and cooling are some of the most power-hungry luxuries we enjoy, so finding ways to save on power with home regulation should be high on everyone’s list.
A smart thermostat is one of the best appliances that help you save energy, while also making you feel totally in control.
Smart thermostats connect to your Wi-Fi and automatically adjust the temperature of your home to maintain an optimal environment.
The manual adjustment of traditional heating and cooling means we often struggle to find that Goldilocks, just-right temperature. A smart thermostat can find that temperature without our meddling and end up saving us power and money with our energy plans.
They can also warm your house up or cool it down when you’re on the way home, which prevents you from leaving the A/C on when you’re not in the house. Not to mention it can regulate the temperature when you’re asleep, yet another way to save on your power bill.
Not the most tech-savvy addition to your energy efficient home, but if you want to save on your power bill, you might want to add more doors to your home or reseal the existing ones. They’re secretly one of the best energy saving tools available. Heating and cooling cost a lot of power, but you can change the outcome of that.
It will always cost more to heat a home with open archways than a home with sealed doors. All the smart home energy devices in the world won’t protect you from the power costs of heating a draughty house.
Thick doors will contain your freshly heated or freshly cooled air to the room you’re in. There’s no point in warming up the spare bedroom if no one’s in it. If you don’t want to close off your home with more doors, just reseal and reinforce the ones you have to contain your thermoregulated atmosphere.
You don’t need the heating on when you’re not at home or asleep, and you don’t need your lights on either. LED bulbs are just the beginning of saving power when it comes to your lighting.
Automated smart lighting systems can be operated from your smartphone or tablet devices. Ensure you remembered to turn off the downstairs light from the comfort of your bed!
These systems can dim the lights for you to save power when you only need a little lighting, they can turn the lights off if you leave the house and accidentally leave the lights on, and they can be activated by motion sensors so you don’t bump into the coffee table on your way in at night. Your lights are only on when you need them, which will save you power and money.
Smart windows are clever energy saving devices for the home that you won’t even notice until you use them. They can act as blinds during the summer but let all that warm sunlight in during the winter. This functionality can be switched on and off whenever you like, which will help you save on heating and cooling costs. When darkened, this glass can block out 80% of the sun’s light!
It gets better though! Smart windows use solar power to do all of this, which means even more savings on your power bill.
Understandably, most people look at smart glass and wonder, do energy saving devices really work, but they do! And they have a positive impact on your life too. If you’re interested in more smart home products and are looking to build your very own smart home, check out our guide on getting started with home automation.