In the kitchen
Fancy a cuppa? Only heat as much water as you need.
- We spend £68 million a year boiling unnecessary water every year. If you only boil the exact amount of water you need, it will help save energy
- When reheating food, you should always use the microwave instead of the oven – don’t forget to turn the microwave off when you aren’t using it.
- Use a lid on the pan, it’ll heat up quicker and use less gas – also try to use a kettle to boil water for cooking instead of the pan on the stove.
- A steamer is great for cooking veg on multiple levels and it all uses the same heat source.
- Turn your oven off a couple of minutes earlier, your food will still be cooking as it’s plenty hot in there.
The fridge and freezer
Get the fridge out of direct sunlight and pack it up tightly to use less energy.
- A fridge or freezer in direct sunlight or a warm location will use a lot more energy to keep it cool.
- Try to close the fridge doors as soon as you've got what you need, don’t let the cold escape.
- Get the feather duster out and give the fans and condenser coils a good cleaning to allow for better ventilation.
- Newer fridge and freezer models are significantly more efficient than older models with some saving you a potential £190 in energy bills over the lifetime of the product.
- A fuller fridge or freezer allows for more them to use less energy, so keep yourself well-stocked.
Doing the laundry
A 30°C wash is just as good as a hot wash. Lower that temperature.
- Most of the energy used is on heating the water, a lower temperature means less energy usage.
- If you can, dry your laundry outside rather than in the tumble dryer.
- When drying clothes never put them on a radiator, their job is to heat an entire room not a sock.
- Use drying balls in the tumble dryer to help conserve energy.
1°C lower in your house can save up to 10% on your energy bill.
- Make sure that your furniture is placed correctly and doesn't block the flow of heat from your radiators.
- Invest in double glazing, or at least buy thermal curtains to help keep the heat in during the colder months.
- Insulation is a must nowadays, as it helps to conserve heat when it’s cold outside, and also keep the cool air in when it’s hot outside.
- If you have a high ceiling, then fitting a shelf above the radiator (not too close) can help to deflect the heat to the centre of the room.
Time your showers to the music - 2 songs should do or 1 'Bohemian Rhapsody', whatever works for you.
- A smart thermostat can help save a lot of energy by only heating the house when necessary.
- You can save a lot of money if you install a new A+ energy efficient boiler instead of keeping your old 10-year-old inefficient boiler.
- If you have a hot water cylinder you can buy a jacket to help insulate it further, this is especially useful in the wintertime.
- A slightly cooler and shorter shower will help to save a lot of energy in the future.
A bright idea is to install energy-saving bulbs rather than inefficient cheaper duplicates
- By using energy-efficient light bulbs which are brighter and last longer, you’re helping to save money and energy - plus you replace them less often.
- Make sure any appliances such as phone chargers, TV’s and computers are turned off at the plug when you’re not using them. Some appliances still use energy when plugged in or turned off.
There you have it, our top energy saving tips to help save you money.
It’s important to understand what tips work best for you and your household, but each one can help your home become more energy-efficient.
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