Use your windows
Instead of wasting energy by powering fans or air conditioning, your windows are great for trapping the cool air.
If you're struggling to cool the house down during the heatwave, we recommend opening the windows as wide as safely possible.
Many new windows have a safety lock mechanism which allows you to lock them to an open position - so the wind won't shut them unexpectedly.
Turn the thermostat down
During the summer months, you won't need to heat your home.
If you have a thermostat that you manually control you could accidentally be heating your home late at night and early in the morning - we highly recommend installing a smart thermostat that will make sure you aren't heating your home during a potential heatwave.
Smart thermostats are a great way of tracking your heating usage and can help you to create a schedule that is best suited for you, your home and your family.
Did you know that on average, there are two appliances that are left running when they leave the home - the tumble dryer and dishwasher.
Not only do they generate a fair amount of heat, but they also use a significant portion of energy. Instead of using the tumble dryer, why not air-dry your clothes on the washing line? You'll save money and have lovely warm clothes, it's a win-win.
The average cost of a full cycle with your tumble dryer is 38p, which might not sound like much, but it will definitely add up over time.
We can all agree that a nice long shower at the end of a hot & sticky day feels incredible, but it could seriously cost you.
To save energy try turning the temperature down even slightly, and cut down the length of your shower - this will help save a significant amount of energy.
If you think you're showering for too long and need help, you can always try timing the length of the shower with a chosen song (or songs) - you can even buy a splash-proof speaker to take the music in the shower with you.
During the summer months, you'll likely not have to turn the lights on for the majority of the day - but when you do, make sure your light bulbs are energy efficient.
If you don't have energy-efficient light bulbs by now, you should - they may be a little more expensive than their inefficient duplicate but they'll absolutely save you more money on energy bills in the long run.
They emit a brighter light and will last significantly longer with some boasting a life of up to 50,000 hours.
You can utilise the extra sun during the summer months through the use of solar power.
Solar panels are one of the best ways to generate your own electricity. They are quite a large investment to make, however, you don't have to break the bank to benefit from solar energy - you can buy solar powered garden lights, phone chargers and security lights.
The more renewable energy in your household, the more money you save.
Insulate the house
This may sound the opposite of what you want to do during the summer but trust us, using the correct insulation in your loft and cavity walls can help to keep your home cool in summer.
This works by keeping warm air our during a heatwave as well as keeping warm air in when it’s cold as well. So, you'll be energy-efficient all year round.
Your fridge and freezer
This may sound odd, but you need to make sure your fridge and freezers aren’t in areas with direct sunlight or in a room which gets very hot - then they don’t have to work so hard.
Many people don't know this but empty space in your freezer means it has to work harder, so we recommend stocking up on plenty of ice cream over the summer.
Get out and enjoy the warmth
Without trying to sound too obvious, but in winter we all like to cosy up indoors and enjoy the long dark nights, but in summer we should all be outdoors as much as physically possible.
So, go for a walk, picnic, beach trip or BBQ - whatever gets you out of the house and stops you using energy indoors.
There you have it, our top 10 tips to save energy this summer.
It’s important to understand what tips work best for you and your household, but each one can help you save during the warm summer months.
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