Top energy saving tips for summer to save you thousands
Spring and summer are, typically, when we tend to forget about the heating. Because let’s face it, we might not need it. But research by Boiler Plan has uncovered that not turning on your boiler over the warmer months could be a mistake, potentially leading you to need a new boiler.
The number of Brits searching for ‘boiler repairs’ increases by a staggering 65% from July/August to September/October. This suggests that if you don’t regularly check your boiler; you could be facing a hefty repair bill when you need it the most.
Top energy saving tips throughout summer
We're sharing our energy tips for the summer to ensure your home is toasty warm throughout the rest of the year, and to even save you money.
Turn on your heating for short intervals to save thousands
It’s not unheard of for boilers to seize up when they are not used regularly. This means that they are more likely to break down at the end of summer after long periods of inactivity.
A new boiler can cost between £2,000 - £3,600, which can be a lot of money for an unexpected repair bill. However, turning your heating on for short bursts can protect you against that.
We recommend switching the heating on for 10-15 minutes per week through the hotter months to keep it running all-year round. And, if you do spot any issues, you can get it serviced before the rush to do so when the weather starts to get colder.
Keep hot water switched on through summer
Similarly, we recommend switching on your hot water throughout summer to keep your home running efficiently.
By not doing so, you run the risk of the pumps seizing up and a broken system come Autumn.
Turn the thermostat down by 1 degree to save money
During the summer months, you won’t need as much heat in your home. But, if you do, turning it down by 1 degree can save you up to £80 from your annual bill.
If you do like the heat, keep your home at 18 degrees, or 20 degrees if you have small children.
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.
Don’t place fridge and freezers in direct sunlight
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.
Shower for 1 minute less and save 13 litres of water
We can all agree that a nice long shower at the end of a hot and sticky day feels incredible, but it could seriously cost you.
The average Brit spends seven minutes in the shower. But, to save 13 litres of water, you could cut that shower down to six minutes. You can also save energy by turning the temperature down, even slightly.
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). For those looking to cut it down to six minutes, try Bohemian Rhapsody.
Save 38p a load by cutting down your use of the tumble dryer
Did you know that on average, there are two appliances that are left running when they leave the home - the tumble dryer and dishwasher? The average cost of a full cycle with your tumble dryer is 38p, which might not sound like much, but it will add up over time.
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.
Use your windows to trap cool air
A cool fan in the summer can lower your body temperature, but it will do nothing for the heat inside the room.
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.
Use LED lightbulbs that can last up to six years
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 emit a brighter light and will last significantly longer with some boasting a life of up to 50,000 hours (or six years).
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.
Utilise solar power for renewable energy
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 from your utility bills.
Insulate the house to keep your home energy efficient
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.
Get boiler cover to save a hefty repair bill
Did you know that the average boiler repair can cost £60 for the first hour, and then a further £48 for each hour after? With the current situation meaning engineers are likely to be busier when it comes to emergency repairs, it may be worth purchasing boiler cover. That way, you’ll not have to sit in the cold again.