Top Tips for Saving Energy
As part of the Big Energy Saving Week, we have put together a comprehensive guide with some of the energy saving tips to help you save on energy, money and the environment. As the energy cost rise for many households, simple energy saving advice has never been more valuable.
Heating your Home
Our top tips:
- By dropping your thermostat by just one degree, you could save up to £150 per year! It is recommended to keep the temperature between 18-21 degree, so keep the heat down and you will start to save.
- Keep your radiators clear of obstructions, this will allow the heat can spread round your room more efficiently.
- Look into investing into radiator reflectors. If your radiators are located on external walls, these push the heat back into the room so no energy is lost.
Washing and Laundry
Our top three tips on how to shrink your bills instead of your clothes:
- Wash at 30 degrees it’s a misconception that this temperature won’t clean as well. However, most detergents are designed for colder temperatures these days.
- Hang your washing up using airers and try not to use the tumble dryer. On average it will cost you around £1.60 per hour to use. This quickly adds up especially with larger families costing them over £800 per year on drying alone.
- Washing up in full bowl of water will save you money rather than rinsing each one under the tap. If you use a dishwasher, make sure you fill it as half a load will waste the machines water and energy.
- Keep your showers to less than 10 minutes a day this will save the average person £28 per year on your energy bill.
- Turn the power down, it is surprising how a high-pressure shower is a luxury which uses more water than a bath in some cases.
- Avoid leaving your appliances on standby. Reports say that some electricals left on standby can use up to 75% of the energy used when fully switched on. Watch out for TV’s and Kitchen appliances using vampire energy.
- Switch out any old lightbulbs and light up with newer LEDs, this switch could save you anything from £35 per year.
- Buy smarter, watch out for lower energy efficiency ratings. Always aim for + to A+++ especially on any items plugged in i.e a fridge or washing machine. Fridges and freezers are best to get + or even A+++.
- Where possible, try to cook in the microwave rather than the oven. However, if roasties are required, make sure you limit the door opening on the oven as heat is typically wasted while the extractor fan is on.
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