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Energy-saving tips for caravanners

Though it’s probably for others to decide whether climate change has yet reached emergency proportions, most of us want to do our best to conserve energy – and find that we’re also saving money into the bargain.

Never people to be left behind when it comes to the latest trends and developments, caravanners too can play their part in saving energy while still indulging the comforts and outdoor leisure of their favourite pastime.

One of our earlier blogs has already discussed the essential eco-friendliness of caravans and caravanning – and to partner that discussion, here are a few more energy-saving tips:

Wind turbines

  • you’ve seen those giant blades slowly rotating on some hilltop wind farm or out of sea, but had you imagined that the very same principles can also power your caravan needs;
  • scaled-down versions of wind turbines are made by UK manufacturers Marlec and Leading Edge;
  • these “small” or “micro” wind turbines are eminently portable, can be set up in minutes, and yet are also designed to withstand the most blustery conditions;
  • hook it up to the battery charger onboard your caravan and you immediately make savings on the cost of fuel, save more on the campsite’s electric hook-up fees, and know that you are helping to keep your caravan’s battery in top condition;

Solar panels

  • also borrowing from commercial applications, scaled-down versions of the solar panels you might have on your roof at home offer an alternative source of power for charging your caravan’s onboard battery;
  • these portable solar panels specifically designed for caravans typically generate 60w, 80w or 120w, depending on their size;
  • whether you are topping up your battery through wind power or solar panels, though, you can save electricity consumption simply by using stick-on LED lights to illuminate night-time trips to the bathroom, within wardrobes or above the kitchen sink;

Gas consumption

  • those cylinders of liquid gas you always need to carry onboard your caravan have a lot of work to do – you might be using gas for space heating, hot water and even to power the fridge;
  • it’s probably over doing things, therefore, also to use a gas barbeque, so save some of your precious bottled gas by simply switching to a charcoal-fired barbeque – and discover that it’s probably more fun too;
  • as far as hot water is concerned, it’s worth keeping the onboard tank always topped up, rather than running water in from the outside supply – the heat already inside your caravan is going to help keep the water in the tank already a little bit warm, so the gas doesn’t need to heat a tank of cold water;

Save water with a power shower head

  • of course – in the winter months in particular – you’ll want to take advantage of the nice warm shower your caravan is likely to offer but might also worry about the cost of heating all that hot water;
  • if you install a power shower head – hand-held ones are available too – you increase the water pressure and, so, feel the need to use less of it;
  • some manufacturers claim that an ionic, power shower head may increase water pressure up to 200 times and reduce the volume of water needed for showering by 30%.

Energy-saving in your caravan – it saves you money while also helping you to play your part in helping to protect the environment.