Sustainability

Easy ways to save energy

Did you know you can start saving energy at home and lower your energy bill today? It's easier than you think. Check out these 10 tips on how to save energy!

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!

  1. 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’.

  1. 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!

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Upgrade

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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!

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Many of us are starting to become more aware of our energy usage, and how it’s not only affecting the environment, but our bank balance, too! The good news is that there are plenty of ways we can ‘go green’ and become much more energy efficient.