Research shows that your energy usage is likely to spiral following a new arrival, which is unsurprising given the amount of extra work a baby creates. Fortunately, protecting the planet and reducing your energy bills could not be simpler. Follow these top tips to cut your energy costs and save much-needed cash whilst bringing up your bundle of joy:
Wash with full loads
With a new baby to care for, it is inevitable that you will find yourself doing more laundry than you have ever done before. If you have an old, inefficient washing machine, you may use as much as 140 litres of water per load. However, if you only run the washing machine with a full load, you will save on the cost of your utility bills. Or you could invest in something designed to save energy.
Fill your tumble dryer
Your tumble dryer rates as one of the most power-hungry appliances in your home. If you reduce your usage by one full load a week, you will save on the cost of your electricity bill, but if you simply cannot do without your tumble dryer, give your clothes an extra spin in the washing machine before packing them into your dryer, they will dry in no time at all.
Use energy-efficient lights
Sleepless nights may be an all-too-common occurrence, and the extra hours spent tending to your new arrival may force you to turn your lights on and off more than ever before. To reduce your electricity costs, replace your old light bulbs with energy-efficient LED lights or place low-energy night-lights around your home so that you are not tempted to use the main light at night.
Familiarise yourself with your dishwasher’s settings
Dishwashers have many advantages over hand washing; they save time and take the hassle out of washing your dirty dishes. Whilst there is little evidence to prove that using a dishwasher is more energy-efficient than washing your dishes by hand, you can take steps to reduce your energy usage. By using the economy setting, and only switching your dishwasher on when it is full to the brim, you will save both water and energy.
Unplug your appliances
If you regularly use your microwave to heat up your baby’s bottles, make the effort to unplug it at the end of each day. When left on standby, your microwave will draw energy from the mains, so get into the habit of unplugging it when it is not in use.
Draught-proof your home
Draughts account for as much as one-quarter of the heat loss in your home, so adding draught-proofing to your baby’s room will help you to keep your newborn warm and cosy.
Switch energy suppliers
Switching energy suppliers can provide you with an easy way to save money on your utility bills. To find the best deals, compare electricity and gas prices with the aid of an independent price comparison site.
If, despite your best efforts, you are still struggling to curb your energy usage, contact the Energy Savings Advice Service for free and impartial advice. You may be able to receive grants to help you improve the energy-efficiency of your home.
Kim Landrover has an obsession with money saving and writes regularly about a range of subjects including energy, utility bills, coupons, discounts and many more.