Ten energy saving tips
Making lots of little changes to your energy usage can lead to more money in your pocket. Here are ten tips from the Energy Saving Trust to help you shave money off your energy bills.
- When cooking, boil the kettle instead of heating water on the stove and then keep your pan lids on while cooking – this will save time and is more energy efficient.
- Make sure to fill up your washing machine load. Cutting back by just one cycle a week will save £5 a year on energy, and a further £8 a year on metered water bills. A cooler wash cycle at 30°C or using an energy saving mode can also reduce the amount of energy you use.
- Turn off lights when you’re not using them. By switching a light off for a few seconds, you save more energy than it takes for the light to start up again, regardless of the type of light.
- Turn down your central heating by 1°C; this you could save £85 – 90 per year.
- Make sure your heating and hot water are only on when you need them. If it gets really cold use a timer to set your heating to come on earlier and go off later rather than turning the thermostat up.
- Turn appliances off rather than leaving them on standby; this could save you £30 a year!
- Unplug your mobile phone and laptop after it’s fully charged, as they’ll continue to consume electricity if they’re still plugged in.
- Properties built after 1920 could benefit from cavity wall insulation. Without this insulation, almost a third of your house’s heat can escape. Filling in the gaps in the your brickwork, you could save up to £135 a year.
- Check for draughts around windows and doors. Draught-proofing materials are cheap and you can buy them at your local DIY store.
- If you own an economy 7 meter, set appliances with timers to make the most of cheaper night rates.