By introducing small lifestyle changes around the home you could make a big difference!
We all do our best to be energy efficient and save money, but what if there were things we could do that take very little effort and no investment but could make a major difference across our lifetime? Here we look at 20 tips that are easy to carry out, saving you energy and money.
Save money on your home heating
- Turn it down! By turning your thermostat down by only 1°C you could save as much as £60 per year!
- Do your research. Take the time to understand the timer settings on your thermostat. By searching Youtube with your model number, you will find a mine of information on your thermostat and boiler.
- Low and steady. Consider keeping your heating on constantly at a low heat rather than big blasts of heat to quickly warm your property.
- Were your parents right? What was it my dad used to say, “Get a jumper on if you’re cold”? By wearing multiple thin layers you will trap your own body heat in and stay warm naturally. Slippers, socks and even blankets help to keep us cosy during cold spells, avoiding the increased demand on our heating systems.
- You have the power! If you are using a power shower, ask yourself if you need the settings so high. Your shower may be producing as much water as a deep bath!
- Your oven has to work very hard to heat your food. If you are using your oven to heat food on one shelf, consider getting the most out of this energy by cooking more than one meal or more than one portion. The extra food could then be frozen for a later date.
- (H)eating bills. Could you use the heat produced from cooking to keep the kitchen warm?
- Elbow grease. Instead of pre-rinsing dishes to go in the dishwasher, a simple scrape could be all they need before your dishwasher gets to work.
- Keep it stocked up! Try to avoid leaving spaces in the fridge. By keeping your fridge and freezer full they don’t have to work as hard, in turn they won’t use as much energy.
- Match your pan to the right ring. The different size rings on your hob directly relate to the size of pan you should be using. A small ring to a large pan has to work much harder to heat. A large ring to a small pan is a waste of energy.
- Keep it cool. 90% of the energy used in your washing machine is used up heating the water. By washing your clothes at 30-40 °C you will save money.
- Wind power. Its free, it’s in abundance and it will save you money. Rather than plugging in a tumble dryer, could your clothes be dried outside by the breeze?
- Reduce Ironing times. By removing your clothes from the dryer before they are completely dry, your ironing times will be cut significantly and the dryer will use less energy.
- Standby for Inefficiency. By leaving electrical items on standby you are wasting energy. By simply unplugging or switching the plug off your appliances when not in use, you will save money. In a world of mobile devices that require regular charging, remember to switch chargers off when not in use as they will still draw on the electricity.
- Involve the family. Educate your children as to why we switch devices off when not in use. If they understand the consequences of wasted energy they may change their own habits.
- Let the sunshine! Solar panels installed to the roof of your house convert sunlight into electricity and could save you as much as a third on your electricity bills.
- Government Grants. Always keep an ear to the ground on energy efficiency grants. The installation of energy saving products to our homes can sometimes be partially or fully funded by UK government initiatives.
General Home Efficiency
Insulate and celebrate! It is common practice to insulate the walls and loft of your home as the savings you can make on heating bills are around 15% per year. By insulating the walls of your home you are making the most of your heating. Insulation in the loft combats heat rising, approximately 25% of your heating will be lost through a loft with no insulation. With good insulation, you’ll find you heat your home less often but when you do the heat stays around for longer. Also consider whether heat might escape through floor boards, door gaps and cracks in wall edges.