There are many free and simple ways to save energy in your home and decrease energy costs.
These small changes could amount to a noticeable difference in your energy bill. For more in depth information, check our blog posts for fortnightly updates.
Go on standby
Most electrical appliances can be turned off at the plug without upsetting their function e.g. kettle, toaster. However switching off some appliances completely (like your TV) may cause disruption to service when being turned off at the wall, so remember to use their standby function.
Have a brew
Only fill the kettle up to the amount you want to use, as this could save you £6 a year*.
Don’t run the tap
Using a bowl to wash up rather than running a tap could save you £25 a year in energy bills*.
Get your head in the game
If your shower takes hot water straight from your boiler or hot water tank then fitting a water efficient shower head could help reduce your hot water usage. A water efficient shower head could save a four person household (e.g. a family of four or even a shared student flat) as much as £75 a year on gas for water heating, as well as a further £120 on water bills if they have a water meter**. An efficient shower head will retain the sensation of a powerful shower.
Make a clean break
Do you spend an extra few minutes in the shower? If so, spending one minute less in the shower each day could save up to £7on your annual energy bill. With a water meter this could save a further £12 off annual water and sewerage bills. If everyone in a four person family did this it would lead to a total saving of £80 a year*.
Keep out the draught
Placing a long pillow at the foot of your front door and any others doors in the house may help to keep draught at bay.
Stay in control
More than half of the money a household spends on fuel bills will go towards heating and hot water.
Installing a room thermostat, a programmer and thermostatic radiator valves and using these controls efficiently could save you around £150 a year*.
Take it down a notch
Turning down your room thermostat by just one degree can save around £75 a year*.
Get smart with your controls
If you have a smart phone, you be able to install free apps to control your heating and understand your energy use. Have a look on your phones app store but make sure these apps are free before your purchase.
Get switched on – with LEDS
If the average household replaced all of their bulbs with LEDs, it would cost about £100 and save about £35 a year on bills*.
Turn out the lights
It’s simple – when you are not using a light, switch it off! If you switch a light off for just a few seconds, you will save more energy than it takes for the light to start up again and this will save you around £15 on your annual energy bills*.
Once dusk arrives, make sure you close your curtains as this can stop heat from escaping through the windows. Don’t drape your curtains over heaters or radiators as this can funnel the heat away from the room.
Freeze your bills
Do you regularly defrost your fridge and freezer? Defrosting fridges and freezers regularly can help to keep them running efficiently.
Check the temperatures
Check the temperatures – fridges should be set between 3°C and 5°C, freezers operate most effectively at -18°C.
Close the door
Do not leave your fridge or freezer door open whilst you go to do something else, always close the door once you are done.
If your kitchen layout allows, aim to not place your fridge or freezer directly next to a hot appliance like your cooker or boiler.
It’s a wash
Don’t use your washing machine or dishwasher until it is fully loaded. If this isn’t possible, use the half load, or economy programme if your machine has one.
Wash at 30
Using your washing machine at 30°c will save you energy.
The night time shift
If you have an Economy 7 meter, where your tariff offers a cheaper electricity night rate, run your washing machine or dishwasher at night. If your washing machine is on tiled floor – you may want to wear ear plugs!
Don’t dry out
Tumble dryers are very useful but use large amounts of electricity. In the warmer weather try to dry your clothes outside. When it is not possible to do so, make sure you wring out or spin dry your clothes before putting them in the dryer.
*Information found on http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/
**Energy Savings Trust. Calculation is based on the assumption that a family of 4 takes 20 showers a week and replaces a 13 litre/minute power-shower head with a 7.7 litre / min water efficient shower head, and the family are charged £2.97 per cubic meter of water used (includes sewage charge).