Energy saving tips around the house

Keeping our energy bills down is something we all like to think we are good at, but the majority of us could be doing so much more.

It’s often the little things we think won’t make that much difference which add up and end up costing us at the end of the year. By getting into the habit of doing the little things you could save £100’s every year!

Here are some ways you can slash your energy bill with minimal effort.

Stop standby

We are all guilty of leaving appliances on standby when we aren’t using them. The most common culprit is the TV, but almost all your electrical or electronic appliances can be turned off at the socket. Leaving chargers, particularly phones, plugged in and switched on is a very common one. If the charger is hot to touch it is using energy just by being plugged in.

Avoiding standby mode can save you around £30 a year!

Kitchen care

Being smarter in the kitchen can also save you around £30 a year. Little things which we all do but don’t think will make much difference to our bills add up and end up costing us.

Filling the kettle with only the amount of water you actually need can save around £7 a year! Using a washing up bowl rather than leaving the tap running can save you up to £25 a year!

Using your appliances more wisely can also have a big impact on your energy bill. Keeping your fridge and freezer full means they don’t need to use as much energy to keep food cold. Empty spaces take more energy to keep cold.

Wasteful washing

Cutting back on the amount of washes you do a week to just one can save £5 per year! While washing your clothes at a lower temperature (try 30-40°C) can also save you significant amounts of money. A washing machine uses 90% of its energy on heating the water.

Avoid using a tumble dryer when possible, instead use an airer, you’ll save a lot of energy this way. Take advantage of dry, windy weather, or invest in an airer.

Bathroom battles

We all spend more time in the shower than we need to, that extra minute in the morning while you wake up or delay that freezing feeling when you turn it off. But that extra minute could save you up to £7 a year. With a water meter this could rise to £12.

This would mean that if everyone in a 5 person family did this, you could save up to £80 a year!

If you have a power shower try turning the pressure down a little. You’d be surprised how much water they can use, sometimes as much as having a bath.

Heating help

Trying to stay warm in winter can often lead us to cranking the thermostat up. However turning your thermostat down by as little as 1 degree Celsius can save you up to £60 a year!

Instead, wear warmer clothing around the house. Put a jumper on or some thick socks and slippers and get cosy. If you find yourself cold at night put an extra duvet on the bed, this might make getting up in the morning even more difficult but it’ll be worth it when you receive your energy bill.

Insulating is important

Checking the insulation at your home is a very cost effective way of keeping your energy bills down. The better the insulation the less heat you’ll lose, the warmer your home will be and the less energy you use to heat it.

Loft insulation is probably the most important. We all know heat rises, so if your loft has little or no insulation in it you’re likely losing a lot of cash straight out of your roof. As much as 25% of the heat in your house could escape into your loft, you could save around £180 just by doing this!

Cavity wall insulation is also something to check. This is a cheap option and will help you reduce heat loss through your walls. There are now government backed grants available to help you pay for insulation if your home has cavity walls.

Smaller things like draft proofing will stop cold air blowing in from outside. Stopping drafts coming through from your front door or windows will make a noticeable difference in the winter months, not to mention saving you around £25 per year.

 

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