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What Forms of Energy Management Are Available to Homeowners?

April 13, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 301

Energy management in the home involves taking control of your electricity and gas usage to avoid wasting energy and consequently lowering your household's carbon footprint and utility bills. Energy management can cover a wide range of activities that vary in intensity and effectiveness. Simple changes like replacing older, less efficient appliances can help you to get out of bad habits which could be costing you money.

In order to see tangible benefits to your energy management steps, it can first be useful to gain an understanding of how much energy your household uses at present, for ease of comparison later. Looking over your last few electricity and gas bills should give you an indication of whether costs or your reliance on utilities are increasing, and provide a benchmark against which your future energy bills can be directly contrasted.

More households are becoming aware of the importance of good energy management, largely due to the rise in fuel costs that have led to many people facing much steeper utility bills over the last few years. The recession years have also taught British consumers valuable lessons regarding finding the best available prices and carrying out independent research. The internet can be the best place to do this.

Visiting price comparison websites can be a useful starting point for evaluating different energy tariffs side by side from different providers, and you should also consider visiting the websites of these companies themselves, where you can usually find more specialised deals that could be better suited to the size of your property and your energy usage habits.

Even if you've arranged the most affordable electricity or gas tariff available, you may still find that your energy bills are higher than you expected, and this could indicate that action needs to be taken to improve the energy efficiency of your home.

Something as simple as remembering to switch off lights when you leave a room can accumulate significant savings over time, and you should always check for the energy efficiency rating of new entertainment systems and appliances that you buy. Older, less efficient devices could be costing you dearly, especially gas boilers and air conditioners that are more than 10 years old.

Making improvements to your building such as installing insulation and double glazing can also have positive benefits for your energy bills, helping to better regulate the temperature of your home and reducing your reliance on heating and cooling systems throughout the year.

Fiona Roy writes for a digital marketing agency. This article about saving electricity has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

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