Save energy, save money! It’s a mantra that we could all do well to practice. And there’s plenty you can do to trim the electricity you use and the money you spend. Let us show how you can save on energy bills and save on water bill costs with our top tips.
How to save water at home
Ever wondered how to save money on water? A bill arrives in your post box and you think, how much?! Once you’ve got a handle on things, you can start to bring your usage down.
- Check for leaks: it’s as simple as turning off the stop cock and then checking your outside meter to see if the dial is still moving. If you’re in any doubt just contact your water supplier, and the problem may have an easy fix.
- Turn off taps: encourage everyone in the family to make sure they only have the tap on when they are using the water.
- Share bathwater: as long as it’s not too dirty!
- Invest in a water butt: rainwater does a great job in the garden.
- Use your dishwasher efficiently: if you’ve got a dishwasher, only run it if there’s a full load. Even better, wash by hand with effective dishwashing liquids like Sunlight.
- Be smart with your washing machine: water usage can be brought down if you’re efficient:
- Wait until you’ve got a full load before doing laundry.
- Don’t wash clothes, towels etc. unless they really need it – sometimes a hand wash will do.
- Choose an appropriate setting – sometimes a ‘rinse only’ cycle will do.
How to save electricity at home
In addition to saving water, these top tips will help you be more energy efficient. Laundry, lighting, heating and more, there are plenty of ways to reduce the amount of electricity you use in your home:
- Turn off lights: if no one’s in the room there’s no need for it to be lit up.
- Turn down the heat a little: could a jumper help warm you up?
- Choose energy efficient appliances: household appliances are rated on an efficiency scale, so it’s easy to see which are more energy-friendly – a bigger investment in the short term can save money in the long run.
- Pick the best time to do laundry: to save electricity and water, make sure you only use your washing machine when you’ve got a full load. Also, depending on the tariff you’re on, the best time to do laundry to save energy costs may well be at night.
- Turn off socket switches: if left on there’s a constant trickle of electricity. It’s not much per hour or even per day, but over a year it will add up.
The first step to figuring out how to save water at home and be more energy efficient is making everyone in the family aware. Your bank balance and the environment will certainly benefit. So, get everyone together, show them what they should and shouldn’t do, and look forward to lowering bills!