Thursday, June 11, 2015

Ways To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient ♥

I've spoken on the blog before about the money saving benefits of making your house energy efficient and practicing energy efficient methods in your house. Today I thought I'd share just how to make your home more energy efficient and these methods are things we do here in our own home.

Switch off and unplug 
This is such a simple thing to do but one which a lot of people avoid or neglect simply due to habit. Jacek is big on energy saving and over our last four years together he has taught me, and gotten me into the habit, of being energy conscious and remembering to switch off appliances and lights at the plug, as well as unplugging them when I'm not using them. For example, I don't turn on the big light now, only on rare occasion, the light from our small lamps and their LED bulbs are perfectly sufficient. Our microwave, phone chargers, tumble dryer, etc. are constantly unplugged unless we need to use them. It's such an easy thing to practice once you get into the habit of it and having things unplugged and switched off on the switch itself makes it easy to manage what energy is being used in your home while saving you money on your bills too.

Invest in energy saving blinds
Blinds are an essential in our house, perfect for privacy in the evenings as we live in an estate and also perfect for these summer months for keeping light out of our sons room when he's napping and sleeping. Blinds these days are not only energy efficient but super stylish too, with brands such as Duette® offering some beautiful designs that can save you up to 25% off your energy bills - how amazing is that? I would really love some
Duette® blinds in our home, especially in our sons room, as not only are they super stylish and sleek looking but they have a huge emphasis on safety too with their SmartCord® and LiteRise® systems and as a parent that is a big aspect for me when choosing items for my home. Blinds, like those from Duette® are perfect for those who are energy conscious as they keep homes cosy, warm and well insulated in the winter, while reflecting UV light in the summer to keep homes cool. They also can cut outside noise up to 45% and there are different styles available for different rooms and their functions. I would love some blackout blinds for ours and our sons bedrooms, they would be ideal for these bright summer mornings.

Make sure your home is properly insulated
This is the one area of our home which we've tried to improve on a lot over our three years of living here. We live in a rented property and due to the way the houses were built the windows don't shut correctly, letting the wind blow in and making the house very cold at times. We have bought insulating tape, again for very cheaply, and insulated all our windows and front door at the beginning of autumn. Doing this insures that there aren't any drafts in the house, that warmth is being kept in the house - very important if we're spending money on heating and having a fire lighting. This is such an easy thing to do and it literally takes about half an hour to insulate windows and doors, making it easy for everyone to do to keep their home warm and a lot more energy efficient, especially during the colder months.

Switch to LED bulbs
When we moved into our house we switched every light bulb to an LED one. This has not only saved us a lot of money on your electricity bills but it's also made our home a lot more energy efficient. I used to think these kinds of bulbs were very expensive but they're actually so affordable now, we've even picked up some for the bargain price of €1.49 in our local Dealz store and they're working fantastically - definitely disproving the theory that these are a hefty expense. We also use on LED night light in our sons room, the Plug Through Night Light which has a night time sensor - a fantastic thing to have as the mornings are much brighter now and it shuts off at any hint of daylight. This night light also offers low power consumption, no heat and up to 30,000 hours of light. It's fantastic to be energy efficient on something such as a night light, something which I thought would waste a lot of energy, but I stand corrected!

These are the ways in which we make and keep our home energy efficient. Not only have these methods saved us money on our energy bills - always a big plus - but they have also made us feel good about being energy conscious too.

What do you do to make your home more energy efficient? 

*Images used in this post courtesy of Duette® and The goodlife Guide.

1 comment

  1. Great tips! I always make sure to switch off plugs.

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