5 eco-friendly changes you can make with your electricity
In recent years we’ve all become more aware of climate change and the human impact on our planet. As a result, many of us have become more environmentally conscious, and have made changes to the way we shop, eat and travel.
How we use electricity in our homes and in our business, can also have an impact on the environment. It’s an important consideration and a few small changes can make a difference. We’ve highlighted five simple changes you can make today, that will benefit the planet and support you in making more sustainable choices in the future.
Switch it off
So many of us leave electronics, appliances and chargers plugged in when not in use. If we can change our mind-set so that we unplug when our phones are fully charged, and switch off devices that don’t need to be on all day, then we will save quite a bit of energy (and money).
Energy conservation is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.
Change your lightbulbs
Swapping to LED lightbulbs not only helps the environment – it can save you money in the long run too! Most LED bulbs boast a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours. So, it could be ten years or so before you need to splash out on LED replacement bulbs.
An environmental advantage to LED bulbs is that the greenhouse gas emissions are considerably lower than conventional bulbs. As 95% of the energy in LEDs is converted to light and only 5% is wasted as heat, the bulbs reduce demand from power plants and therefore decrease greenhouse gas emissions. With money and environmental benefits, LEDs are a win, win solution all round!
Did you know that tumble dryers consume more energy than most washing machines? Before you routinely fill the tumble dryer, stop and think whether this item can be air dried. It’s far cheaper and better for the environment to use your washing line or a clothes horse.
If you really can’t live without your tumble dryer, we recommend putting your washing on a fast spin to remove as much water as possible, so that you reduce the time your clothes need in the tumble dryer.
Take control of your heating this winter by installing a smart thermostat. This will connect your heating system to the internet, allowing you to monitor your heating from your smartphone, tablet or other device. There are many different models to choose from and features vary. Common smart thermostats usually include multi-room control, hot water control and ‘Geofencing’ to track when you leave and enter your home.
Install an Electric Car charging point
Electric cars are booming this year, with electric cars outselling their diesel counterparts. One of the biggest advantages of driving EV’s is the impact on our environment. As these cars use less energy, less is produced, which means less CO2 emissions produced by non-renewable energy sources and the wider supply chain.
We’ve certainly seen an increase in the number of customers asking us to install electric car charging points, and it’s an obvious change if you’re looking to make more sustainable living choices.
If you have any other environmentally friendly, electricity saving ideas, do comment below. We’d love to hear what works for you and your household/business.
This article was written by TT Electrical. TT Electrical have over twenty years of combined professional experience, providing electrical services across Worcestershire. If you’re interested in learning more, please visit our website at www.ttelectrical.net or feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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