Energy Saving Tips At Home

Sometimes small changes make all the difference.

Changing a few of your energy habits can make your home more energy efficient - and keep your bills down.

Start using these energy saving tips and energy saving ideas around your home.

Heating Tips

  • Set your heating to go off 30 minutes before you leave the house, and come on again 30 minutes before you expect to return.
  • Turn the room thermostat down by 1 degree. This can save you around £30 a year.
  • Make sure your radiators are not obstructed by curtains or furniture.
  • Draw your curtains at dusk to help keep the heat generated inside your rooms.
  • Insulate your loft space and consider cavity wall insulation too.


Electrical Appliances

  • Use energy efficient light bulbs which use less energy and last up to ten times longer than standard bulbs.
  • Turn off household appliances such as microwaves, TVs, videos, music systems, and computers when not in use, as they continue to use energy when they are left on standby.

Refrigeration

  • Don't leave the fridge door open and try to avoid putting hot or warm food straight into the fridge as this increases the energy required to keep the contents cold.
  • Defrost your fridge frequently and check the door seals. Avoid putting your fridge next to heat generating appliances such as an oven or boiler. If possible, keep the freezer in a cool room or garage.


Washing Machines, Tumble Dryers and Dishwashers

  • Use a low temperature setting and only wash full loads or use a half-load or economy programme.
  • In summer, dry your clothes outside rather than using a tumble dryer.
  • When drying your clothes indoors, use a clothes rail instead of a radiator as this stops the heat from reaching the rest of the room.
  • Modern dishwashers use less energy and water than washing up by hand.


Cooking

  • Use a pan which is the same size as the cooker ring to prevent heat loss.
  • Use a lid on saucepans where possible, so the contents heat up faster and require less energy.
  • Consider using pressure cookers, steamers and microwaves which use less energy.


Hot Water

  • When using a kettle, only boil as much water as you need.
  • If you live in a hard water area, limescale can affect the efficiency of your kettle. Look out for a buildup of limescale in your kettle and treat with vinegar or descaling solutions.
  • Consider turning the thermostat on your hot water tank down to 60 degrees centigrade which is a comfortable temperature for most people and will save on your heating costs.
  • If you have a standard shower it will use around 40% of the water required for a bath.