15 Great, Affordable Energy-Saving Tips for the Home

There becomes a time in all our lives when we realise, we are wasting too much energy. Whether it’s leaving the tap running whilst brushing our teeth or falling asleep with the TV on, we could all benefit from some pointers. Here are our top 15 energysaving tips for the home.

Heating and hot water

  1. System boilers generally heat-up water in advance for either your bath or the washing-up. If you have one of these boilers, there’s a chance that you probably don’t need to use it during large parts of the day. By putting your hot water on a timer before you get up or get home, you could be saving a vast amount of energy. If it’s a new boiler, give it around 20 minutes to heat up; however, if it’s an older boiler you’re working with, about 40 minutes will be good.
  2. Power showers are quick, easy and refreshing but can sometimes use even more water than bathing. If you prefer to take showers more often, turn down the pressure via your boiler and enjoy taking showers without using so much energy.
  3. Draught-proofing is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to save energy. Professional draught-proofing of windows, doors and cracks in floors and skirting boards can cost up to £200 and save around £25 a year on energy bills. Looking for a cheaper option? There are many effective DIY alternatives to draught-proofing your home. Such as self-adhesive, draught excluder strips for your windows and thermal curtains for doors; installing a thermal draft excluder for your chimney could also save around £19 a year.
  4. Check your thermostat: 21°C should be enough if manageable, but if you are used to having the temperature a little higher. Try modifying this by reducing the temperature by 1°C each week and save yourself £85 a year.
  5. Make sure curtains, clothes, or furniture don’t cover your radiators. Sometimes radiators are fitted underneath windows. If this is the case, try lifting and tucking your curtains so that they are resting on the window sill.
  6. Turn off the radiators in the rooms that you don’t regularly use and keep internal doors shut.
  7. Contrary to our last tip, it would be good to leave any doors open of the rooms heated up from the outside by the sun. By doing this, it will allow heat to circulate throughout your home.
  8. Remember to turn your appliances off of standby mode. You can turn off almost all electrical appliances at the plug, without disrupting their programming. Before doing this, check the instructions for any devices of which you aren’t sure. You don’t want the disappointment of coming home to a lack of recorded shows.
  9. Do not leave your phones, laptops and tablets on charge after reaching 100%, be sure to unplug them as they could still be using energy. And if your charger has an LED indicator, unplugging it completely after usage is a great way to save energy.
  10. You can save around £14 a year from your energy bills just by using kitchen appliances more carefully. Try and cut back on your washing-machine use by doing one cycle per week; this could save you around £8 per year. And if you only fill the kettle with the amount of water you want to use each boil, this could save you around £6 a year.
  11. .LED spotlights are bright enough to replace halogens and regular energy-saving lightbulbs. If the average household replaced all of their bulbs with LED’s, it would cost around £100 and save £40 a year on bills.
  12. Falling asleep with the TV on is a big waster of energy. You can avoid this by using the trusty sleep timer feature on your TV. You can usually find this by hitting ‘menu’ and locating the ‘settings’ on your TV remote.
  13. Turning off lights when you’re not using them is a great saver of energy. If you turn off a light for just a few seconds, you will actually save more energy than it takes for the light to start back up again. Making this a habit, will save you around £15 on your annual energy bills.
  14. If the weather is warm or windy, it might be a good idea to air-dry your laundry rather than tumble-drying it.
  15. Meal prepping and batch cooking are great ways to save money and energy. By cooking a few meals at a time, you’ll only need to heat the oven once instead of continuously heating it for each meal you make.

Saving money is essential to all of us; however, saving energy is crucial to the environment. Let’s turn our pennies into pounds and stop wasting energy today.

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