Energy saving tips for your home
Nearly £9.5billion is wasted on energy in the UK each year. By using energy more efficiently, the average household can reduce their energy bill.
When buying electrical equipment, check the energy rating. All new appliances have an energy efficiency rating sticker on them. Buying energy efficient products will save you money on your bills.
No cost energy saving tips
- Turn down your thermostat. Turning down by just one degree can save up to 10 percent on your heating bills
- Only use your washing machine or dishwasher if you have a full load. This will save water, electricity, and washing powder
- Wash clothes at 30°. Modern washing powders/detergents work just as well at 30°
- Always dry your clothes outside when you can. If you must use a clothes dryer, make sure you spin all washing thoroughly first
- Unplug your mobile devices as soon as they have finished charging
- Close your curtains when it starts to get dark outside. Tuck them behind the radiator if there’s one under the window
- Avoid putting furniture in front of radiators if you can. Make sure there’s enough room for heat to circulate
- Defrost fridges and freezers regularly to keep them running efficiently.
- Don’t put hot or warm food straight into the fridge – let it cool down first
- Position your fridge or freezer away from cookers or heaters
- Use a toaster rather than the grill to make toast
- Avoid over-filling the kettle -make sure you cover the element
- Shower for one minute less
- Use a smart meter. smart meters lets you see how much energy you are using making it easier to control your usage
Low cost energy saving measures
The following ideas will usually pay for themselves within 1-4 years through savings on your energy bills:
- Make sure that your external doors, windows and letter box covers shut properly to reduce the amount of warm air escaping
- Insulate hot water pipes to stop them losing heat
- Switch to energy efficient or LED light bulbs. Energy saving and LED light bulbs use 70–80% less energy than traditional bulbs. Energy Saving light bulbs can last up to ten times longer and LED light bulbs last up to 50 times longer than traditional bulbs.
If you need help or advice, please get in touch.
When we use energy in our homes, we release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which has been linked to climate change and global warming. In a year, most households create around six tonnes of carbon dioxide and produce more harmful carbon dioxide gas than the average car.