Resolutions aren’t just for New Year. If like most of us, you'll be looking for ways to save money. There are certain things you can resolve to do all year round. One specific example comes to mind, to save energy.With fuel and electricity prices on the rise, saving energy is a priority for us all.
6 easy ways to save energy and money together:
1. Be efficient with heating: By turning down your thermostat by just one degree, you could save energy during the winter and leaving the heating on a constant low heat instead of turning it on and off can also save money. It may sound obvious, but you should also try to get into the habit of wearing extra layers of clothing and leaving blankets around the house so you’re not tempted to turn the heating up.
2. Get organized in the kitchen: Not only does cooking a few meals at the same time prevent the oven from being on as much, but keeping the fridge and freezer full of ready-to-cook meals means they won’t have to work as hard and will therefore save energy this way as well. Leaving the oven door open once you’ve finished cooking will help to heat the room and filling the kettle with only as much water as you require stops energy from being wasted.
3. Change your washing habits: Washing clothes at a lower temperature and drying them outside in warm, windy weather rather than in the tumble drier, can also help save energy and money.
4. Block up drafts: Unless you live in a modern house, chances are you’ll be losing heat through chimneys, door and window frames and gaps in the floor, so investing in products like draft stoppers for underneath doors and sealed fire guards could be worthwhile.
5. Work together: If everyone in your household works together to ensure that lights are switched off in empty rooms, unused appliances like chargers are unplugged and electrical equipment isn’t left on standby, you will save energy twice-fold.
6. Shop around: The first step is to compare energy rates between suppliers to make sure you’re not paying more for your gas and electricity than you should be.
While all of the above are great habits to get into, there are some bigger things you can do to help save you hundreds of rands in the long-term. As well as free loft insulation and free cavity wall insulation – which could save you around R3000 per year – you can also have solar panels installed on your roof to get a rebate from Eskom. There are plenty of grants available to help with making your house more energy-efficient.
So try not to get too downhearted by the rising energy prices; just by making a few simple changes and getting into new habits, will contribute to saving energy and thus money at the same time.
It’s never too late to make a positive energy saving resolution!