Energy saving hints and tips
We’re all responsible for the energy we use in our homes. Whatever your situation, there are many things you can do to reduce how much energy you use and how much you spend.
Here are some quick tips which can help you save energy and money.
Around the home...
- Turn off lights when they are not in use, otherwise they will use electricity unnecessarily, and fit energy saving light bulbs
- Turn off appliances, such as TVs, Computers and Games Consoles, when they are not in use, stop turning things on to standby – don’t forget to turn off speakers and printers etc. When a device is on standby it is still using energy
- Where possible buy ‘A’ or higher rated appliances for your home, these will save you money throughout the life of the product on your energy bills, for example buying the most energy efficient freezer will save up to £62 per year
- Wash your clothes at no more than 40º, any higher is a waste of money
- Defrost your freezer regularly to make sure it isn’t having to work harder and use more energy than is necessary
- Turn radiators down using TRVs (thermostatic radiator valve), its better to have your home heated consistently at a lower temperature than inconsistently at a high temperature
- When the heating is on, close windows to make sure you only use the minimum amount of energy it takes to heat your home. Before you turn your thermostat up, put on a jumper first….this costs nothing
- Fix any dripping taps or leaks to make sure you don’t pay for water you don’t need
- Have a shower rather than a bath, and when showering keep them to less than 3 minutes if possible
- Place a hippo/cistern bag in the cistern to reduce the amount of water you use when you flush
- Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, otherwise you are simply pouring money down the plug hole
- Wash your veg in a bowl and use the leftover water to water your plants
- Where possible hang your clothes out to dry, rather than using a tumble dryer, preferably outside. If it isn’t possible to hang washing outside, do so in the house but make sure there is good ventilation to the room to stop condensation, putting windows on open lock whilst the clothes dry should be enough
- Switch your electricity and gas tariff, energy companies don’t proactively approach you to offer their best deal, if you search you will be sure to find a cheaper option Prepayment meters may be handy but they are expensive, consider moving to a different meter
In your car...
- Don’t over rev as this uses fuel unnecessarily.
- No heavy breaking or accelerating, smooth and steady!
- Don’t leave the car idling – this can wear an engine out quicker and uses fuel unnecessarily
- Make sure tyres aren’t underinflated - this can be dangerous, can cause tyers to wear out quicker and increases fuel consumption
- Remove any unnecessary load, every extra bit of weight in the car increases fuel consumption
- Using air conditioning or having windows open increases fuel consumption
- Plan ahead, where possible avoid times and places where you are likely to hit difficult driving conditions or traffic jams
- The best solution……DON’T USE THE CAR. Walk or cycle instead, its better for you and your wallet.
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