Is your energy bill growing every month? Whether at home, in your retail store or at the office, increasing energy bills are making the cost of living and the cost of doing business more of a challenge for millions of people every month.
Many people make the assumption that reducing your energy consumption means making major changes to your lifestyle, such as foregoing luxuries or switching off electronic devices en masse.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, changing your energy habits to lower your electricity consumption can be as simple as unplugging devices when you don’t need to use them or switching from an air conditioner to an electric ceiling fan.
In this blog post, we’ll share five simple but effective tips and tricks that you can do at home or in your workplace to reduce your energy consumption and enjoy lower power bills and a more affordable lifestyle or business.
Run your ceiling fan clockwise in winter and counter-clockwise in summer
Have you ever noticed that your ceiling fan can run in two directions? The blades on most ceiling fans are angled in one direction, allowing them to funnel air upwards in one position and downwards in another.
Since hot air rises, this allows you to control the flow of warm air throughout your home or office using your ceiling fan. In winter, you can funnel warm air from near your ceiling to into your room; in summer, you can spread cool air with ease.
Get the most out of your ceiling fan and reduce your air conditioning needs by using your ceiling fan clockwise at a low speed in winter to gently push warm air down to heat up your home. In summer, run it counter-clockwise to spread cooler air.
This trick might seem simple, but it makes a huge difference to the temperature of your home or office. With the right ceiling fan system, you can reduce your reliance on more expensive forms of temperature control like air conditioning.
Keep your air conditioning system serviced, clean and free of debris
Ceiling fans can be used to control your temperature to some extent, but they aren’t always an adequate replacement for air conditioning. Get the most value for money from your air conditioning system by keeping it clean and serviced at all times.
It’s easy to wait for your air conditioner’s service light to blink before scheduling a service, but doing so isn’t always a good idea. Running your air conditioner when it isn’t operating at full efficiency can massively increase your energy consumption.
Instead of waiting for your air conditioner to tell you when it needs servicing, make sure you schedule a maintenance session at least once every six months. If you have mechanical experience, you can also replace your air conditioner’s filter manually.
Pull back the blinds or curtains and switch off your interior lighting
Modern energy-efficient light bulbs may not use as much electricity as their older counterparts, but they can still inflate your energy bill when you keep them turned on from early in the morning until late at night.
Make the most of the greatest source of light we have – the sun – and pull back your blinds or curtains early in the morning to light your home. Natural lighting is a free, far healthier alternative to artificial light that’s accessible to every homeowner.
As well as lighting your home or workplace, natural light kills bacteria that can live in your carpets, closets, damp corners and other parts of your home or office. From health benefits to energy savings, there’s no shortage of advantages to natural light.
Unplug appliances and electrical devices when they aren’t being used
Did you know that your television, computer or washing machine could be using electricity even when it isn’t in use? Many appliances and electronic devices draw power from the electrical socket when they’re plugged in but switched off.
The amount of electricity used by each individual device might not be significant on its own, but it can quickly add up in the aggregate. Many businesses use as much as 10% of their energy on devices that spend most of their time in ‘standby’ mode.
Avoid artificially inflating your energy bill due to inefficiently designed appliances and devices by unplugging televisions, microwaves, coffee machines and all other non-essential electrical equipment when not in use.
Install protective screens and films on windows to moderate heat
Windows are one of the biggest sources of heat transfer in many homes and office buildings, particularly those built during the 20th century. One of the best ways to quickly reduce your power bill is by lowering your home’s heat transfer factor.
Heat transfer occurs when heat from sunlight makes its way through your windows as infrared radiation. This heat transfer can be substantially reduced by installing a protective film on your windows that blocks infrared radiation transfer.
Infrared radiation from the sun is responsible for almost half of all earth’s heat, and it can major increase your home’s cooling requirements in summer. A modest short-term investment in protective film could save you a huge amount over the long term in reduced air conditioning usage and lower energy bills.