5 tips for being smarter with energy consumption in your lounge
Although it's a relaxing space where families spend many hours together, the lounge can also be one of the biggest culprits for eating up electricity - making it among the largest contributors to your power bill.
Most people know the simple steps for preserving energy like remembering to turn off the television if nobody is watching and buying Energy-Star rated appliances. However, these five tips can help better manage the way you and your family use the living room.
1) Add thermal liners to your curtains
Trapping heat within the lounge without using electric or oil heaters is a great way to reduce energy consumption in winter. Several liners on the market today also come with insulation and blackout features, controlling light throughout the day and night to save energy. The insulated liners also minimise cooling bills in the summer months.
2) Plug in all your entertainment appliances in a single multiplug powerstrip
This makes switching off every DVD player, stereo system, speaker, gaming console or projector easy with one single flick of a switch. Leaving these in standby mode unnecessarily utilises power.
3) Arrange your sofa strategically
Never place it in front of a radiator lest you block the heat. Layer warm throws and blankets against the back - not only is this a celebrated interior design look, it keeps people toasty and warm and less reliant on the thermostat.
4) Place chimney balloons in open fireplaces that are not in use
This prevents the loss of warm air, and as a result, money literally going up in smoke out your chimney. This simple technology inflates inside your chimney, leaving some room for ventilation but ultimately stopping cold air entering your home. Simply deflate and store when you wish to light a fire.
5) Place long, soft draught blockers to doors
According to the UK's Energy Saving Trust, draught-proofing a home can save between £25 to £50 annually. Similar perks can also be enjoyed by Australians by taking this simple step. Door warmers mean that the room is comfortable even in colder months, so the thermostat settings can be turned down.
Unleash your quirky side as many door warmers sold in stores are shaped like sausage dogs or snakes, but in the spirit of really saving money, make your own as a DIY project. Create a door sock by filling up fluffy, woollen socks with quilt batting or polyester fiberfill - taken from the stuffing of an old pillow - and alternating these with corn kernels, rice or dried beans for weight. Stitch the socks together.