When you ask people to change their behaviour, the first thing they worry about is how much more it will cost them. If you ask them to eat more healthily, they’ll probably be concerned with the ever increasing cost of fresh produce. If you ask them to stop bringing their car to work, they’ll be worried about the cost of public transport. But if you ask them to change their energy habits at home, they know they’ll be saving a fortune on gas and electricity bills.
However, change is something that is difficult to do for some people. Trying new things and new ways to live our lives isn’t always easy to embrace. But there are many things you can do to live more frugally and reduce your impact on the environment at the same time. One of the most obvious ways to save money is on your electricity bill.
Switching to LED lighting can save you a lot of cash on your electricity bill. Each LED bulb uses significantly less electricity than standard or even energy saver bulbs. It achieves this because there is no heat wastage. You can even hold an LED bulb after it’s been on for a while. Best of all, the cost of each bulb has dropped so significantly it is now on par with most other types of bulbs.
LED light bulbs can be used in place of most light fittings without you needing to hire an electrician. Just take out the old bulb and pop in a new one. Some can even work with dimmer systems. One of the most attractive features of LED lighting is that there are so many colour choices, and some bulb systems are controllable by an app.
Heating your home is a very expensive thing to do. The colder it gets, the more it will cost you to heat. But there are plenty of things you can do to preserve the heat in your home and keep the cold out. Draught excluders cost very little, take just a short time to install, but make a huge difference to the temperature of a room. There are lots of other eco-friendly tips for reducing your heating bills, like installing window film.
Solar panels on your roof might seem like an expensive prospect. Some companies may offer you free panels in some circumstances. You can use the energy they generate as the sun shines, but the installation company gets paid for the surplus. If you install your own panels, many energy companies pay you for the excess energy you supply. Most importantly, when the sun is shining, you can heat your home, your water, and use your domestic appliances for free.
It’s worth finding those little ways to save money. After all, if we’re all using less energy, we’re wasting less. And as demand decreases the processes to generate the energy reduce. This can significantly reduce harmful emissions from some energy sources. Natural energy sources will always be best for the environment. See how you can use the wind and the sun to power your life.