Awareness of our global footprint has risen sharply in the last few years. What is the major contributing factor to climate change? The emission of greenhouse gases.
And what are some of the causes for this? Our energy consumption. There are simple changes that can be made within most of our households, but sometimes we need to buy a helping hand. We outline 8 of the best energy-saving products for your home that are on offer at OnBuy.
Reducing Your Carbon Footprint: Initial Methods To Save Energy
Energy saving in the house can reduce monthly energy bills as well as our carbon footprint, and there are many ways to do this including:
- Ensuring all of your appliances are working as efficiently as possible.
- Installing energy-saving lightbulbs.
- Insulating your roof, walls, windows, etc.
- Insulating your hot water tank and/or pipes with jackets.
- Acquiring a smart-meter/thermostat.
And while these will work, there are products that are significantly better in reducing the amount of energy used daily. Not only that, not everyone can afford to carry out all of the above recommendations. Carry on reading to discover some affordable products that save energy around the house.
OnBuy's Top 8 Picks: Best Energy-saving Products For Your Home
1. Energy-saving Dampers
Dampers are made to control the flow of air through a chimney, duct or other opening, which from the offset can be beneficial towards making our homes more energy efficient. Close the plate to keep the warmth inside the room and house and avoid turning up the heating any more or open it if it's too warm. Such a simple but effective idea!
Our Pick: Lyemance 12 x 16" Energy-Saving Damper
"Energy saving in the house can reduce monthly energy bills as well as our carbon footprint [...]"
2. Plug-in Electronic Timer Switches
Timer switches are a brilliant invention made to help you reduce your energy usage. Plug a chosen device into this and choose designated times that will turn on and off throughout the week, meaning it won't be forgotten about or left on for longer than it needs to be! They are also handy for security if you go on holiday too, as it will keep turning your lamp on and off at the appropriate times.
3. Thermal Curtains
Thermal curtains are a great extra effort at retaining as much heat as possible - keeping more warmth within the same room means less energy is wasted and a bit of money can be saved for yourself! We have a wide selection of curtains to help save more energy in your home, for instance the Pony Dance thermal curtains or even these Utopia blackout ones.
4. Sheep's Wool Dryer Balls
These are definitely one of the most innovative energy-saving products - when reducing your carbon footprint, you wouldn't think a simple change of dryer balls could make a difference. Well, Valneo's 100% natural sheep's wool dryer balls claim to reduce drying time by up to 40%, making significant reductions in energy usage!
5. Faster Hot Water Dispensers/Kettles
Kettles, especially older models, can take a significant amount of time and energy to heat up water. But what if you can get something that will dispense boiling water immediately? Enter this energy-efficient Philips kettle, taking one of the top spots for the best energy-saving devices for your house.
6. Plug-in Energy-saving Night Lights
Many children and some adults can't sleep in total darkness, so they use a night light to help them. But what about once the individual has gone to sleep? The light will still be using up energy throughout the night and wasting electricity that could have been avoided, contributing to an ever-increasing collective carbon footprint. Thankfully, getting your hands on an energy-saving night light will solve that problem - they automatically switch on at dusk and off at dawn, reducing the energy wasted from them.
7. Energy-saving Heaters
Heating and hot water make up close to a whopping 60% of monthly bills. So, what if you could buy a portable energy-saving device that detects surrounding infrared radiation? Enter the Prem-I-Air Elite 1.5kW Energy-Saving Floor Standing PTC Fan Heater that tells you the temperature of the room and allows you to alter accordingly with a built-in adjustable thermostat. It may even allow you to turn off the central heating and save even more energy!
8. Motion-activated Outdoor Wall Lights
Increase your home security without increasing energy levels. A Motion-activated outdoor wall lights will help against robberies and general damage but turn off when they are not needed, making them an effective energy-saving product for your home.