With energy prices continuing to soar, there’s never been a better time to start saving energy around the home. Doing your bit to cut consumption isn’t just good for the environment, it’s also good for your wallet.
While some of the biggest energy-savers may require a little time and money to implement, there are still plenty of simple changes you can make that can help you save hundreds of pounds on your heating, gas and electricity bills.
By giving some of the following tips a go, you can have an energy-efficient home in no time.
Save energy with your heating
Many of us have our thermostat set higher than we need it. Turning your thermostat down by just 1°C can save you as much as £75 per year.
Wrap up warm
Rather than cranking up the radiators, try wearing jumpers, socks and slippers around the house, and put an extra blanket on the bed.
Get more bang from your boiler
Around 60% of our annual energy bills comes from our boiler, so upgrading to an A-rated high-efficiency condensing boiler could save you up to £300 a year.
Be a radiator regulator
One easy way to save energy is turning the radiator down in rooms that aren’t being used regularly. However, always be sure to check for signs of damp or condensation.
Save energy in the kitchen
Heat while you eat
Leaving the oven door open after cooking (just be careful if you have small children) is a great way to heat the house, saving you money on your heating bills.
Let dishwashers do the dirty work
Rinsing your dishes in hot water before you put them in the dishwasher is a waste of energy. Just give them a scrape before they go in instead.
Keep your fridge full
An empty fridge or freezer needs to work harder in order to keep your food cool, which wastes a lot of energy. Keeping them fully stocked is a simple way of helping them run more efficiently, saving you energy and money.
Find your boiling point
An average UK household will boil a kettle 1,500 times a year! However, most of us waste energy by overfilling our kettles. Only boiling the amount of water you need could save you £20 a year.
Save energy with your washing
Shrink bills, not clothes
A washing machine uses 90% of its energy heating water to wash your clothes. By setting the temperature to 30°C instead of 40 °C, you could save yourself around £9 a year.
Iron less, save more
By taking your clothes out of the tumble dryer before they’re completely dry, they’ll be much quicker to iron, saving you time and energy.
Watch your energy bills tumble
Instead of tumble drying clothes every couple of days, drying them naturally will use far less energy, saving you up to £139 each year.
Save energy with your appliances
The average home wastes £80 a year by not switching off at the socket .Try to unplug energy-guzzling appliances such as TVs, stereos, computers and games consoles when they’re not in use.
If you don’t fancy unplugging at the socket every time you leave a room, you can get standby savers to make it easier. There are remote controlled devices that switch off all your appliances in one go whenever you leave the house, or intelligent energy-saving plugs and switches that turn off multiple devices at the same time.
Save energy with your lighting
Lighting accounts for around 15 per cent of your overall electricity usage. We all know that turning off the lights when we leave a room is a great way to save energy, but how many of us actually do it?
Make a light switch
You could cut your energy bills by around £55 a year simply by replacing your traditional light bulbs with more energy efficient ones such as LEDs. As we’ve already shown in our recent blog post, an LED lightbulb is a great way to save energy and money, as they use around 10 percent of the energy a traditional incandescent bulbs and last up to ten times longer.
Save energy in your whole home
Keep the heat
A quarter of your home’s heat is lost through the roof, while a further third is seeping through un-insulated cavity walls. Loft insulation could slash your energy bills by up to £250 a year, while cavity wall insulation could also save you a further £250 a year.
Plug the gaps
A little draught-proofing around the home is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to save energy. Check for gaps around doors, windows, floors, chimneys and anywhere else where you think heat might be escaping. Fully draught-proofing your home could save you an average of £55 a year.
Having solar panels installed on your house could save you as much as a third on your electricity bills. What’s more, thanks to the government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme, solar panel installers get paid for the energy generated, so they may install them for free.
How do you save energy around your home?
So there you have it – some of our top tips for reducing energy bills in your home. We’d love to hear from you about some of the smart ways you are cutting costs, so please let us know on our Facebook or Twitter channels.