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Camille O'Sullivan

March 14, 2023

13 Eco-Friendly Hacks to Cut Your Electricity Bill and Green Your Home

Making your home eco-friendly can be a great way to save on electricity bills and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time. Here are some quick and easy changes you can make in your home to become more energy-efficient and eco-friendly.

  1. Turn things off: Turning off lights, appliances, and electronics when they're not in use can save a significant amount of electricity. On average, you can save around 70 kg of CO2 per year just by turning off the lights when you're not in that room.
  2. Invest in eco-friendly appliances: If you're looking to buy a new appliance, consider investing in one with a higher energy score and water usage. This can save you up to 500 kg of CO2 per year on your electricity bill.
  3. Invest in a solar geyser: Geysers can make up to 40% of your electricity bill. Investing in a solar geyser can help you heat your water without harming the planet, saving up to 3000 kg of CO2 per year.
  4. Switch to LED light bulbs: Switching to LED bulbs can save you up to 285 kg of CO2 per year. They are more energy-efficient and last longer than conventional bulbs.
  5. Air dry your clothes: Drying clothes in a dryer consumes a lot of energy. Hanging them out to air dry can save you up to 530 kg of CO2 per year.
  6. Move to a gas stove: Using a gas stove can be more carbon-friendly, load shedding proof, and provide tastier cooking. It can save you up to 500 kg of CO2 per year.
  7. Boil only what you need: Only boiling the water you need can reduce your energy use by 14%, saving you around 33 kg of CO2 per year.
  8. Cover your pots: Cooking with a fitted pot lid can reduce your electricity costs by up to 20%, saving around 121 kg of CO2 per year.
  9. Improve your insulation: Using window and door frame insulation can reduce your need for electric heating by up to 15%, saving around 26 kg of CO2 per year.
  10. Reduce the temperature of your appliances: You can easily reduce your washing machine and dishwasher's electricity use by lowering their temperatures. It can save you up to 220 kg of CO2 per year.
  11. Reduce the temperature of your geyser: Wrapping your geyser in insulation can reduce its electricity use by up to 37%. Reducing the temperature from 70°C to 60°C can add an extra 5% reduction, saving around 1225 kg of CO2 per year.
  12. Increase the temperature of your fridge: Setting your fridge to 5°C instead of 3°C can reduce your energy consumption by 12%, saving around 68 kg of CO2 per year.
  13. Plant a tree: Planting a tree is an effective and easy way to become more eco-friendly. It helps protect our ecosystem and improves the quality of the air we breathe.

By implementing these simple changes, you can make your home more energy-efficient and eco-friendly, reducing your carbon footprint and saving on electricity bills. Every small step counts towards creating a sustainable future.

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