Green energy is as much about social responsibility and benefiting the environment as it is about achieving big savings on energy costs. These are three easy ways that any household can make major savings on energy.
- Unplug chargers and switch off – The average home has dozen of battery-charged devices, such as notebooks, phones and music players. Unplug chargers when not in use to save more on electricity, and get into the habit of switching off anything that is not being used.
- Harness the power of the sun – Water heating is energy intensive, so households can save more by investing in a solar water heater. Setting the hot water heating to a lower temperature and using an on-demand water heater are also great ways to save if the household does not have a solar water heater.
Homeowners can also harness the power of the sun by drying clothes on the line rather than in a dryer. Line drying gives an added advantage as sunlight has natural disinfecting properties.
- Full loads only – Run the dishwasher and washing machine only on a full load, and run these appliances on cold cycles rather than hot cycles. If these are older machines, consider upgrading to newer, more energy-efficient models to save money on electricity and water.