Great tips to help you start saving!
Hints and tips to help make your home more energy efficient and reduce the amount spent on energy bills.
In the Kitchen
- When boiling the kettle, ensure that you only fill the kettle with the amount of water that you need. Boiling a full kettle takes longer and therefore uses more electricity adding to the charges on your energy bill.
- Don’t overfill pans. Fill them with just enough water to cover the contents of the pan. Less water means less gas required to heat up the pan.
- Always use lids on pans – This reduces the heat escape and keeps the cooking process more efficient.
- When cooking using pans, it’s actually more energy efficient to ‘pre-heat’ the water using an electric kettle than to heat cold water on a hob.
- Keep the oven door closed as much as possible when cooking to avoid heat escaping and your oven having to use more gas or electricity to stay hot.
- After you’ve finished cooking, leave the oven door open to allow the heat to escape and keep your home nice and warm.
- When opening the fridge and freezer, ensure that you keep the door open for the shortest time necessary.
- Defrost freezers regularly as this makes them more efficient and use less electricity.
- Let hot food cool down before putting it into the fridge or freezer. Putting hot items into a fridge or freezer uses more energy as it then has to cool these down.
Heating & Hot Water
- Turn down your thermostat. It has been estimated that turning your thermostat down by 1 degree can reduce your energy bill by around £75 per year.
- Ensure that areas around radiators are kept clear from obstructions such as sofas and washing. This allows better heat circulation, warming your home more quickly and using less energy.
- Ensure hot water tanks are lagged to prevent heat from escaping.
- Install loft insulation to prevent heat escaping. This is relatively low cost and could save around £240 per year if you live in a detached house. (1)
- Limit time using power showers. Power showers can require up to 10,000 watts (10 kW) of power to operate. That’s around 2,000 times more energy than used by a 5W LED light bulb! Yes you did read that right. With 4 people taking a 15 minute shower each day, that’s a total of 1 hour usage and could be costing you up to £1.50 per day or around £45 per month! This alone could be a significant proportion of your energy bill.
- Use rapid wash or economy settings as much as possible when using your washing machine.
- Set your washing machine cycle to wash clothes at 30 degrees instead of 40 degrees. This will reduce electricity consumption and also help your clothes to last longer.
- Line dry clothes instead of using a tumble dryer. Tumble dryers are one of the biggest energy consumers in your home and could be costing you upwards of 50 pence per cycle. This might not sound much but the costs soon add up when used frequently.
- We know this one is obvious, but make sure you turn the lights off when not in use! Do it! Now!
- Install low energy lighting. There are different types of energy efficient lighting but we recommend LED lights which can be used to replace all of the existing bulbs around your home. Good quality LED lights are now widely available and much cheaper and better quality than the earlier versions from 5 years ago. LED lights can reduce lighting costs by around 90%.
- Turn off electrical devices such as TV’s, DVD players and radios instead of leaving them on Standby. Appliances continue to use energy even on Standby mode.
- Don’t leave chargers plugged in and switched on when not charging a device. Sometimes they still use a small amount of electricity.
- Visit our section ‘What is a Unit of Electricity‘ to find out more about the electrical appliances in your home and how much they may be costing you to run.
Energy Saving Tips was last modified: February 16th, 2016 by
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