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Conduct an Energy Audit for 2016

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With the New Year coming up quickly, you may have already started thinking about those all important New Years Resolutions for 2016. Whether you have resolved to save money or reduce your carbon footprint, lowering your energy use can be a great place to start. If you’re serious about it, beginning your 2016 by conducting an energy audit can be a great stepping stone to saving both energy and money. Read on to see a few pointers on conducting an energy audit at your home or business in 2016.

Check Your Appliances

The easiest place to begin your electricity audit is by taking a look at your appliances – when was the last time they were replaced? If your appliances are older they may not be as energy efficient as they once were and it could be a good idea to look at investing in new, more energy efficient replacements. When buying new appliances remember to take a look at the power star rating and go for one as high as your budget allows.

Make Sure You Unplug

From the television to microwaves, just because an appliance isn’t currently in use doesn’t mean that it isn’t using electricity. With standby power being accountable for up to 10% of energy consumption, it makes sense when auditing your energy use to ensure that items are fully unplugged where possible to reduce energy consumption. Don’t do it alone - remind members of your household or work team to unplug electrical items when they’re not in use.

Look at Switching Your Energy

Whether you are a business or domestic energy customer, one of the simplest ways to reduce your energy bills is to ensure that you are on the correct tariff for your needs. As part of your energy audit make sure that you get in touch with us at Make It Cheaper and a member of our dedicated energy savings team will be happy to analyse your energy use and advise you on whether you are on the right tariff for your needs.

Take a Look at Lighting

Ensure that you are using energy efficient light globes where possible and consider LED bulbs if you haven’t already. Not only do LED bulbs last longer than standard lighting, but they work at a much lower temperature than incandescent lighting so use less energy to light a room.

Check Your Insulation

Have a look around your home for any gaps under doors or around windows. These gaps can allow valuable warm or cool air to escape outdoors which means that your air conditioning unit will have to work harder to keep the space at the required temperature, therefore using more energy and increasing your bills.

These are just a few tips on conducting an energy audit at your home or business – will you be looking to audit your energy in the New Year? Do you have any tips you think we’ve missed? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook, we’d love to hear them!

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