1. Use energy Efficient light-bulbs
With the average household spending about 10 per cent of its power bill on lighting, switching to energy efficient lights – especially LEDs – is one of the fastest and easiest ways to reduce your power consumption.
Comparing LED, Halogen & CFL lights Traditional light bulbs use watts to describe how much energy they use and how bright the light will be. For LED light bulbs, the number of watts doesn't tell you how bright the light will be.
Instead of watts, look for the lumen rating (lm) on LED light bulbs – this is the measurement of their brightness. To choose a globe that gives you the brightness you want and the energy savings you need, check out our light globe comparison chart below.
2. Don’t pre-heat your oven
Unless it’s absolutely essential, for example if you’re making bread, you don’t need to pre-heat the oven. You can just set it away when you are ready to start cooking. Bonus tip: When checking the food, look through the door rather than opening it until the final check.
3. Use a Clothesline
Do your clothes a favour and switch off the dryer. Hang clothes outside to dry naturally. The material will last longer, it will smell and feel fresher and of course, you are saving on that power usage!
4.Always Recycle glass
Did you know that un-recycled glass can take up to a million years to decompose? Always make sure to recycle your glass. It can reduce related water pollution by up to fifty percent and related air pollution by up to twenty percent.
Wash clothes in cold water. Heating water to do laundry is one of the largest users of energy in a typical home. So, switch to washing in cold water – it gets clothes just as clean as hot water, while using less energy and money.
Do full loads of laundry. Filling up your washing machine with water requires energy, and it’s a waste if done for a partial load.
Do not over-wash clothes. Delicate and gently worn clothes don't need as long of a wash cycle as soiled, sturdy clothes.
Use laundry balls instead of detergent. Not only will it save you money but some leading brands, regular detergents are toxic both for humans and for the environment. The special ceramic balls inside help wash your clothes just as good but without all the nasty chemicals. Click here to check them out.