Save your wallet during the scorching summer months
The summer months are here. As the global average temperatures are on the rise, we must brace ourselves for increased energy consumption and the heavy toll it will take on all of us. According to expert statistics, around 20% of the total energy consumption is used for cooling the buildings. Whether it be offices, public spaces, or homes, a seasonal rise in demand for energy is significant. Now that international tensions are on the rise, importing energy by conventional techniques is questionable and it only means the UK will likely see a surge in prices sooner or later.
In this context, how can you plan your personal finances considering the increased energy consumption? Or better yet, how can you make sure the energy bill doesn’t make a hole in your wallet as the price of energy increases?
We’ve got you covered. In this article, we will discuss some fail-proof techniques to help you save energy and reduce your energy bill this summer.
Tips to save energy
We have talked about this extensively before, but there’s no harm in repeating if the point we are making is worth it. Saving energy is vital for our personal growth and the sustenance of the planet. Every person should take responsibility to save energy and strive to make it more sustainable. Here are a few tips to save energy at home.
- Use of LED or energy-efficient Light Bulbs
Conventional incandescent bulbs use more electricity and thereby lead to increased energy consumption. You can swap them with energy-saving LED bulbs to make sure your energy bill doesn’t spike even if you are using them extensively during the summer months.
- Use a thermostat to maintain the house temperature
You don’t have any control over the temperature outside, but you can control it inside your home using a thermostat. It will help you set a certain temperature that you are comfortable with and allows you to maintain that temperature consistently. This means you don’t have to run the AC till you feel the chill inside. The thermostat will control and turn off the AC as soon as it reaches the set temperature. Since the whole process is automated, you can significantly reduce the amount of time and energy you spend to cool off.
- Use blinds and ventilation to avoid any extra heat entering your house
It’s simple, yet highly effective. Ventilation and sources of heating can be managed to ensure they don’t increase the temperature unnecessarily. In the UK, you can really manage the mild summer heat most of the time with proper ventilation. Fixing the vents, installing exhaust fans, keeping the blinds on during the high noon, and making sure all of the unnecessary appliances are turned off make a huge impact. It also helps you reduce the total amount of energy consumed at home, and thereby bring down the cost.
- Use of fans with AC and a de-humidifier
We are so accustomed to having an AC or heater that other options feel meritless. However, that’s not the case. You can easily use a fan to cool off at home without having to run an AC all the time. It’s a major step down in energy consumption and a fan only uses a fraction of the energy required for an AC. Similarly, there are apparatus like the de-humidifier that help you maintain the humidity level that impacts our perceived temperature. In simpler terms, a de-humidifier manages the amount of water in the air that heats up the atmosphere.
- Focus on the outdoors ad try grilling instead of using the oven
Another feasible alternative for energy saving is opting for outdoor activities instead of spending too much time indoors. You can take a walk to enjoy the sun and spend some quality time with friends and family at outdoor activities like grilling and strolls through the park. These can help you interact with nature and be more in terms with it. The more time you spend indoors inevitably creates energy demand in one way or the other. Avoiding the need altogether is a great way to save costs.
- Trying alternate routes on your commute
Summertime also incurs more energy during the time spent on the road. It’s the outdoor season and streets are bound to be more crowded. The traffic increases and you have to spend more time on the road for your daily commutes. Using devices like GPS trackers can help you track your travel timings, length, routes, etc. and help you plan accordingly. You can also check out the regular routes you take, see how long it takes, and search alternate routes using simple GPS tracker devices. If you can shift to biking or taking public transport, it can be highly effective.