Cut Down on Energy Bills by Keeping Equipment Running
Is your equipment running efficiently? In every use of an appliance there are settings that can make the
difference between using energy wisely, and wasting it needlessly.
One of the areas that is often overlooked is that most appliances in a standby mode, from computers,
televisions, washing machines to the simple clock radio will be using power without you realizing it.
In fact, wastage in these activities can amount to $200-$300 per year in the average family home - a saving that
can be made by simply turning the appliance off at the wall when not in use.When running dish and clothing washes,
the most effective use is to select the option appropriate to the load.
In many situations this just means washing when the machine is full instead of a few items at a time. Cold
washes for clothes will significantly reduce the drain on heating hot water for this purpose as well. Make sure the
water level, number of rinses and the spin speed is adjusted to improve on the performance of the machine also.
Maintenance is also crucial to the energy demand with leaking taps for filling causing longer cycle times.
Operation of clothes dryers will be enhanced if the clothes are fully spun out before trying to dry them. Putting
dripping wet washing into a dryer is one of the least efficient ways to operate a dryer, and unless the laundry is
well ventilated you will be adding unnecessary moisture into the house.
When it comes to heating a home efficiently there are several factors to consider.
One of these is to make the house as well vented as possible to reduce dampness in the room you are trying to
heat. A roof turbine is an energy free way of taking cold damp air from the home through the roof and assisting
your heating to perform better.
Heaters can vary from simple radiant bars to provide direct and immediate warmth, to central heating systems on
a grand scale. The best way to ensure efficiency is to heat only the area you need to be in.
Use thermostats to regulate the operating temperature at a comfortable level, and the addition of a layer of
clothing may mean you need even less energy. Make sure that radiators are not blocked by furniture or closed drapes
On the other side, use thermal drapes to keep any heating in at night instead of letting it leak out from poorly
insulated doors and windows.
The area that is most neglected for efficiency is the humble light bulb. It is estimated that a home's energy efficiency could be increased by 30% just by
changing from the old tungsten fittings to energy efficient bulbs. In addition you may find by looking at your home
that the wattage of bulbs in some areas may need to be reduced or some fittings eliminated altogether.
Controls on lighting from dimmers to timers that sense no activity and automatically turn off are worth
investing in as well.
The biggest area for creating efficiencies is in hot water
heating. Making sure the water tank is well insulated and the pipes in and out are lagged correctly will take
less energy to provide instant hot water when you need it. Turn down the thermostat here to around 60?, as any more
than this is both unnecessary and potentially dangerous for children as well.
These are just some of the many ways of making your energy go further and saving dollars spent on utility bills
at the same time.