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Home buyers are increasingly focusing their property buying attentions on homes that offer good energy efficiency. This trend is one to sit up and take notice of if you have plans to sell your home in the near future, but even if you haven’t, it’s still good to look for ways to use less energy at home. You’ll not only enjoy lower energy bills, but you’ll also reduce your carbon footprint. That’s something we should all try to do. 

Affordable Replacements 

There are usually a few things around the home that you can replace to reduce the energy you use. Switching to energy efficient CFL or LED light bulbs is a good start, as is replacing your old showerheads with new water efficient showerheads. Many people overlook showerheads as a means of saving energy, but as you’ll be using less hot water and heating water requires energy, it’s another way to reduce usage. 

Harness the Power of the Sun 

Along with installing solar panels on the roof of your home, there are many ways in which you can harness the power of the sun to reduce your energy usage at home. 

For instance, in winter, open the curtains or blinds in the daytime to allow the sun to warm your home and hang your washing outside in the sun instead of relying on the dryer. Also, consider relatively inexpensive additions like light tubes to allow more natural light to enter your home rather than turning on the lights in the daytime. 

Switch Off and Unplug 

The amount of energy that gets used when we aren’t using household appliances, air conditioning units and heaters adds up quickly, so make a point of switching off all appliances when you aren’t using them. 

But it isn’t enough just to switch them off, though this will logically make a significant difference to your energy bill, as unplugging them will save you even more money. 

Standby power, also known as phantom energy, is the energy that appliances use when they’re switched off but are still plugged into the power outlet. Naturally, there are a number of appliances that you can’t unplug easily, like an electric oven/stove or a dishwasher, however, there are many that you can, like your TV or computer.  

Use Appliances Wisely 

When using household appliances like dishwashers, washing machines and dryers, it’s possible to reduce your energy consumption by using these appliances wisely. 
-    Wait until you have a full load before using dishwashers or washing machines
-    Use cold wash cycles for clothes and economy wash cycles for dishes 
-    Clean the lint from the clothes dryer after each use to increase its efficiency 

A clothes dryer is a handy appliance to have when it’s raining, but when it’s sunny you can significantly reduce your energy usage by hanging the washing outside. 

Along with home improvements that increase your home’s energy efficiency, there are many simple changes that you can make at home to consume less energy and reduce your carbon footprint. 

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