Saving Money | Biggest Energy Wasters

If there is one thing that the vast majority of homeowners are doing wrong, it is using up too much energy. Not only is this bad for the environment, but it is bad for your bank balance as well. With that in mind, it's time to discover more about some the biggest energy-wasting habits we have adopted around the home…
Wasting energy when doing the laundry
Most of us are making a few errors when it comes to doing our laundry. You are probably already aware of the fact that the washing machine and tumble dryer are both guilty of using a lot of energy. This is why we need to use them wisely. Firstly, avoid doing half loads, no matter how tempting it may be. Moreover, you should consider doing washes with cold water. A lot of people are shocked to discover that 90 per cent of the energy used during a wash is to convert the water into hot water. This is not necessary for all laundry loads. Save your hot water washes for clothes that have stubborn stains, and you will save a lot of money.

Using incandescent light bulbs 
It is crazy how many people are still using incandescent light bulbs in their home. These light bulbs may be slightly cheaper to purchase than LED light bulbs, yet they will cost you much more overall. This is because they do not last anywhere near as long because they use much more energy. Make the switch to LED and you will notice a difference.

Overlooking renewable energy power sources 
This is undoubtedly one of the biggest errors homeowners are making today when it comes to energy wastage. Why are we all relying on utility companies to power our homes when there are alternative options available like solar panels? You can read more here. Solar products are affordable and accessible to all today, so don’t overlook this option for powering your home.

Using the fridge inefficiently 
Last but not least, another big energy waster in the home is the fridge. When you consider the fact that the fridge needs to be on all of the time, it is not hard to see why this is an appliance that would require a lot of energy. Of course, this is not to say that you should turn your fridge off. But, that pointless open the door, look in the fridge for five minutes, and get nothing move that we all do; that is wasting energy!

Are you guilty of committing any of the energy wasting sins that have been mentioned above? Think about how much money you could save with a few small changes. A more sustainable life  is great for the planet and for your bank balance too. What could you save up for with the money that's currently being wasted away?
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