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5 Common Energy-Wasting Habits and How to Break Them

Energy conservation is not only good for the environment but also beneficial for your wallet. However, many of us are guilty of habits that waste energy, often without even realizing it. Identifying and breaking these habits can lead to significant savings on your energy bills and a smaller carbon footprint. Here are five common energy-wasting habits and tips on how to break them.

1. Leaving Lights On

The Habit: One of the most common energy-wasting habits is leaving lights on when they are not needed. Whether it's leaving the room for just a moment or forgetting to turn off outdoor lights during the day, this habit adds up over time.

How to Break It: Make it a rule to turn off lights whenever you leave a room. Install motion sensor lights or timers that automatically turn off lights after a certain period. Consider switching to energy-efficient LED bulbs, which use less electricity and have a longer lifespan than traditional bulbs.

2. Overusing Heating and Cooling Systems

The Habit: Many households overuse their heating and cooling systems, keeping them running at high levels even when it's not necessary. This not only wastes energy but also puts additional strain on your HVAC system.

How to Break It: Use a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature based on your schedule. Set it to lower the heat or air conditioning when you are not home or are asleep. Regular maintenance of your HVAC system, such as changing filters and sealing ducts, can also improve efficiency and reduce energy waste.

3. Ignoring Phantom Loads

The Habit: Phantom loads, or standby power, refer to the energy consumed by electronics and appliances even when they are turned off but still plugged in. Common culprits include televisions, computers, and chargers.

How to Break It: Unplug devices when they are not in use, or use smart power strips that cut off power to electronics when they are turned off. Another option is to invest in ENERGY STAR-rated appliances, which are designed to minimize standby power consumption.

4. Running Appliances at Half-Load

The Habit: Running dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers with only half loads is a common energy-wasting habit. These appliances use almost the same amount of energy regardless of whether they are full or not.

How to Break It: Wait until you have a full load before running your dishwasher, washing machine, or dryer. This maximizes the efficiency of each cycle and reduces the total number of cycles needed. Additionally, consider air-drying clothes when possible to save even more energy.

5. Using Inefficient Heating Methods

The Habit: Using space heaters or electric blankets to heat your home can be very inefficient and costly. These methods often consume a lot of electricity and provide limited, localized warmth.

How to Break It: Focus on improving your home's overall insulation to maintain a comfortable temperature more efficiently. Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors, and consider adding insulation to your attic and walls. If you're struggling to afford these upgrades, you might be eligible for free energy efficiency improvements through the ECO (Energy Company Obligation) scheme.

Take the Next Step with Direct Savings

Breaking these energy-wasting habits can lead to significant savings and a more comfortable home. At Direct Savings, we are dedicated to helping you achieve energy efficiency. Through the ECO scheme, you may qualify for free energy upgrades such as insulation improvements, new boilers, and more.

Visit our website or contact us today to find out if you're eligible for these free energy upgrades. It only takes a few minutes, and the benefits could save you hundreds of pounds on your energy bills each year.

By addressing these common energy-wasting habits and making simple changes, you can enjoy a more energy-efficient home and lower utility bills. Let Direct Savings assist you in this journey towards a greener, more cost-effective lifestyle.


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