Key steps to saving energy
- Use less. Turn items off when not in use and try to go without where possible.
- Shop savvy. Choose low-energy options wherever possible.
- Be cool. Home heating can use a lot of energy - lower the thermostat and invest in quality insulation.
Here are some tips on how to save energy at home to get you started:
10 ways to save energy at home
1. Reflect heat
Did you know that 35% of heat escapes through uninsulated walls? Save energy by reflecting heat from your radiators back into your home – some regular kitchen foil will work!
2. Turn it down
Turning your thermostat slightly from 21 to 22 degrees Celsius will not only cost you an extra £75 per year, but it will also be a huge waste of energy. Not great if you want to ‘go green’.
3. Reuse heat
Feeling a bit chilly? Leave your oven door open after you’ve finished cooking dinner as the heat will spread throughout your home, warming you up without using any additional energy! Read our guide for more tips on saving energy in the home in winter.
4. Go fluorescent
Homeowners wanting to know how to save energy are often told to switch to fluorescent light bulbs. Why? Because CFL bulbs are typically 75% more efficient than old incandescents.
5. Seal it up
About 15% of heat is lost through gaps in your windows and doors. Seal up any obvious gaps, and consider using a draught excluder to keep heat in where it’s supposed to be.
6. Wash responsibly
It takes more energy to heat water up to 40 degrees in the washing machine than it does to heat it to 30. You’ll also save money on your annual bills by lowering the wash temperature.
7. Get microwaving
How can we save energy in the kitchen? By using the microwave! Microwaves are much more energy efficient than ovens or hobs. And they’re great for when you’re in a rush.
If you have very old, very inefficient appliances, it may be time to upgrade. An oven with an A+ energy rating will use about 40% less energy than a B rated oven, which is a huge difference.
9. Close your curtains
In the winter, properly hung curtains can reduce heat loss from your rooms by around 10%, helping to keep you warm without needing to keep the central heating on all day long.
10. Part-fill the kettle
If you’re just popping into the kitchen to make a cup of tea for yourself, there’s no need to fill the kettle to the brim. This wastes energy, and could be costing you an extra £20 per year!
While we typically use more energy in the chilly winter, you don’t have to wait for those cold months to start setting in before you make changes. No matter what the time of year, there’s many different ways you can do your part for the environment. Remember – small changes can make big differences, especially when you’re trying to save energy at home!