With the cost of living currently increasing, it is more important than ever to make our pennies count.
With these energy saving tips, you can easily become more energy efficient and get the most out of the electricity & gas you pay for. These 8 tips can save you money on your monthly bills whilst lowering your home’s carbon footprint.
1. Do not use standby modes
Unless fully switched off at the plug, appliances like your TV and Computer continue to use energy. This will cost the average UK home around £35 per year.
2. Unplug your chargers
All across the UK, people are unnecessarily over-charging their gadgets. However, as soon as your device has been fully charged, unplug it. Not only will this prolong battery life, it could also save you about £60 a year on electricity.
3. Save water & energy
When you go to make a tea or coffee, avoid filling the kettle right up to the top. By only filling your kettle to the level you need, it could save you up to a third of the energy you may have been using.
4. Change to LED bulbs
The traditional bulbs are very inefficient. Modern LED bulbs are quite the opposite and will also last longer. Smart LED bulbs can help you save even more energy as you can switch them on and off remotely.
5. Use eco settings
If your dishwasher, washing machine and/or boiler have an eco setting this means it will heat the water slower, using less energy. You will still get the same results; but it just takes a little longer.
6. Do full laundry loads
Contrary to popular belief, half-load settings on your washing machine save very little energy. So a full load is generally much more energy efficient, if you do fewer loads but more clothes instead. Also there’s often no need to put your washing machine on any higher than 30°C.
7. Use your microwave more
You’ll save energy this way because it’s quicker than using an oven or hob. It may also be worth considering a slow cooker too, as they’re one of the most energy-efficient kitchen appliances.
8. Close the curtains at night
During the day it’s crucial to try to use as much natural and free light & heat from the sunlight as possible. When it gets dark, closing your curtains will help you keep the heat in your home. However, do try not to drape them over radiators.
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