Energy saving tips

Keeping our energy bills down is something that’s important to all of us. 

Here we have some energy saving tips for around the house.

Energy Saving Tip 1-Stop standby

It’s quite normal to leave 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.

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

Tip 2-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!

Tip 3-Wasteful washing

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

Tip 4-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. 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!

Tip 5-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 blanket or duvet on your bed.

Tip 6-Insulating is important

Checking the insulation at your home is a cost effective way of keeping your energy bills down. The better the insulation the less heat you’ll lose.

As much as 25% of the heat in your house could escape into your loft, you could save around £180 just by insulating it.

Cavity wall insulation is also something to check. A cheap option that 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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