Energy use with a baby in the home

The arrival of a new baby in a family naturally brings with it a whole host of changes. Not only will new parents have to get used to more sleepless nights, nappy changes and feeding time, they might notice electricity prices have a bit more of a sting than they used to.

That's because with a new addition to the household, more electricity is going to be used. In some cases, electricity use can increase by a whopping 25 per cent.

However, there are ways that you can minimise the impact of this upon the home. Check out this tips that may help you reduce your power bill, even with a baby on board.

Energy use tips for when a new baby arrives home

One of the biggest impact babies have on energy use is the sheer amount of washing and drying their existence creates!

Because babies get their clothes dirty very quickly, it can seem like almost a constant process of cleaning clothes to make sure there are enough to wear. This can send your power bill skyrocketing as doing the laundry is a big energy guzzler.

The most efficient washing machines are in fact front loaders, rather than top loaders, but if you have a top loader there are still things you can do to save on energy.

Wash your clothes on a cold cycle and only when the load is full, so that power isn't used heating up water and a whole load isn't wasted on just a couple of items of clothing.

Try not to use a dryer if you can avoid it. Instead, use a clothes horse or an outdoor washing line, and with summer coming up it's the perfect time to get used to doing this if you have the outdoor space.

For those who don't have a backyard, an indoor clothes rack or hose will also do the job just fine. Position it near a sun-drenched window for the quickest drying time.

On another note, save more energy by unplugging and switching off numerous appliances. For example, your television, phone charger, stereos and other all use electricity even when not in use - as long as they are plugged in. So reach for that plug and take it out of the socket unless you're using it right at that moment.

It can be hard to remember to do such small things when a baby is crying for your attention - but you'll thank yourself when a smaller energy bill arrives next month.

Posted by Matthew Cole