With the massive rises in the cost of energy this year, we have decided to pull together a list of our top 10 energy saving tips to help you keep your energy costs down over this winter.
Something to remember is that on there own these tips won’t necessarily make a lot of difference however when you combine the savings from all areas it really does add up.
1. Something I’m very guilty of is leaving my gadgets and devices either on standby or overcharging. This still draws constant energy from the mains, even though the devices aren’t doing anything. So turn things off at the switch to make sure they’re not drawing any extra energy (especially if you have a plasma TV).
2. Another habit I’ve been trying to break is filling the kettle right up even though I’m only making one cup of tea. This requires far more energy as you are boiling a lot of water and it’s a waste if you’re not going to use it. Ideally you want boil enough water for what you need and that’s all. Top tip: If you have an electric kettle always use enough water to cover the elements.
3. Now when it comes to the washing (dishes or clothes) try your best to wait until the machine is full before turning it on. This is because the machines use the same amount of energy whether they’re full or not so in order to keep things as efficient as possible you must try to fill the machines before turning them on.
4. And as for your tumble drier – they use a crazy amount of energy, so if it’s a dry and breezy day hang the washing out and if its not use a drying rack a tumble drier should not be used very often.
5. That dripping hot water tap you keep meaning to fix – Over the course of a week that will waste the same amount of water as around half a bath. So do your best to fix any leaks and ensure your taps are always turned completely off.
7. And what about your heating thermostat one of the most talked about tips is that you can save nearly 10% on your heating bills just by turning the thermostat down 1 °C. An even more efficient solution is to purchase a timer for the thermostat and that way the heating and hot water only come on when you need it.
8. Now if you’re turning the heating down here and there you don’t want the heat you have left to be escaping, so invest in some draught excluders and check all your window frames for draughts etc.
9. Energy saving light bulbs – They’re now cheaper and better than they were at first so I would definitely recommend giving them another try and if you use them throughout the house the savings can really start to add up.
10. Ok so you’ve got your energy saving bulbs but that doesn’t mean you can just leave the lights on all the time. Remember to turn the lights off if you’re not in the room.
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