If you want to save energy and cut costs for your Wellington home, there are a number of things you can do in order to accomplish your goals. These energy saving strategies typically involve making simple changes around the house so that energy isn’t wasted. They include:
1. Using energy-efficient light globes
Consider using halogen light globes to save energy. They use less energy and last longer than regular light bulbs.
2. Saving energy in the kitchen
Try using the microwave whenever you can, as it utilises much less energy than the electric oven. When using the stove, keep lids on your pots to reduce cooking time. Another way to reduce cooking time is thawing frozen food in your fridge before using the stove or oven. When you’re using your dishwasher, utilise the economy cycle on your appliance and only run it when it is full.
3. Stopping standby power wastage
Did you know gadgets on standby use up to 10% of your electricity use? Switch all appliances off when not in use and consider using a standby power controller to automatically reduce standby time.
4. Insulating your roof
Ensure your roof is properly insulated with an insulation rated R3.5 or higher to conserve energy.
5. Running your fridge more efficiently
Set the fridge and freezer temperature at 4 or 5 degrees and minus 15 to minus 18 degrees Celsius, respectively. These are the ideal temperature settings for these appliances. Also, always ensure that the door seal is tight and free from gaps so cold air cannot escape.
6. Washing clothes using cold water
Washing your clothes in cold water can help you save a significant amount of money on your energy bills. Similarly, utilizing the shortest appropriate cycle and waiting until you have a full load can also help you reduce your energy usage.
7. Turning heaters and coolers off
Make sure you turn off coolers and heaters when you do not need them. Also, consider turning off the heating in the unoccupied rooms if your heating system allows you to do so.
8. Setting your thermostat
Always set your thermostat at anywhere between 18-20 degrees. Every degree above that will lead to a significant increase in your heating bill. Set the thermostat to 26 degrees or above in summer.
9. Wearing the proper winter clothing
Wear the right winter clothes to keep warm in winter so you can afford to turn your heater down.
10. Shutting doors and closing curtains
Shut doors to rooms or areas you’re not using, and keep curtains closed at night as well as during the day when is it extremely hot. Make sure your curtains and/or blinds seal your window openings properly.
11. Retrofit double glazing
Windows can severely impact on the heating and cooling costs of a home. In fact, statistics indicate that up to 87% of a home’s heat can be gained and up to 40% of its heating energy can be lost through windows.
If your windows are letting down the energy efficiency of your Wellington home, you should consider retrofit double glazing your windows. In Wellington, it has been shown that double glazing dramatically reduces heat transmission through glass windows and doors. They provide the best window insulation in Wellington.
In summer, a double glazing system prevents most of the sun’s heat from entering your home. In winter, this type of glazing system helps keep the warmth you pay for inside your home, rather than losing much of it through your glass windows and doors.
In addition, double glazing systems provide excellent sound insulation all year-round, making your home quieter and more peaceful.
Thermawood specialises in thermal window insulation and soundproofing. The company utilises a unique dry glazing system for double glazing windows, which has been designed to fit any wooden joinery and can be utilised in a number of configurations to deliver a warmer, drier and healthier home.
Contact Thermawood on 0800 587 836 to learn more about how their team of skilled glaziers can help you save money on energy costs and add value to your Wellington home while still keeping the original aesthetic character of your home.