1. Something as simple as flicking a switch can have an impact

One piece of advice is not to leave the air conditioning on all the time, even if you’re in the room. Rather turn off the air conditioner and turn on the ceiling fan, and be sure to keep both off when you’re not in the room.

2. Never leave your computer or laptop permanently running

Today’s machines aren’t as fragile as they used to be, and they’ll be fine being turned on and off throughout their lives. If you are, however, skeptical about turning them on and off, use the built-in sleep/hibernate mode or the automatic shutdown settings.

3. Turning off unused lights and appliances seems like the most obvious tip of all

Most people don’t think about leaving a light on in an unused room, because they think, “Oh I’ll be back just now.” Inevitably, ‘just now’ turns into an awfully long time.

If you’ve finished using an appliance such as your computer, hairdryer or coffee machine, then switch it off, or better yet, unplug it. No, they may not be in use, but they’re still drawing power while plugged in.

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4. Many people have a second fridge in the garage for beverages or leftovers

Appliances such as these tend to consume a lot of energy, particularly because they tend to be older models. Rather get appliances such as LG’s Door-in-Door fridge, built using energy-saving technology such as LG’s Inverter Linear Compressor. This technology enables the fridge to save you anything from 8 to 17% in energy usage.

5. Yes, there is nothing like a warm soak after a long day at the office, but it’s not the best idea if you want to save energy

A bath can use up to 80 litres of water, whereas a five-minute shower uses 35 litres. And, if you’re really trying to save water and electrcity, you can try turning off the shower water while soaping up, shampooing, or shaving.

6. Another thing to avoid is the use of non energy-efficient light bulbs

That doesn’t mean you should go and change every light bulb in your house either. Rather try to change them in phases. This will allow you to test which type of energy-efficient light works best while still saving energy. Start with the lights that get used most often or which use the most power, such as the kitchen, living room or dining room.

7. Try steering clear of air conditioners and heaters and rather insulate your home instead

Adding insulation will help keep your home comfortable all year round, which means you won’t need a heater in every room in winter time.

8. Running your house entirely on supplied electricity is not such a good idea

What about installing a few solar panels? These can be used to heat water or generate electricity.

9. One final energy-saving tip (a water-saving one this time): Did you know the toilet is responsible for up to 40% of your home’s average water use?

By using a low-flowing toilet, you can save more than 3 000 litres of water a year. Even using a low-flow showerhead will save on your water usage, because it only uses five litres per minute.

 

See how easy it is to save energy and be “green” with LG’s range of energy-efficient products.