20 free energy saving tips for your home
As the colder months are now fast approaching, it doesn’t mean that your energy bills have to rise. In fact, there are many simple and FREE improvements that you can make to your home to not only lower the amount of energy that you consume, but to reduce your overall energy bill. Here’s our top 20 tips.
- Heat your home with cooking – by leaving your oven door open after cooking, you will find that the heat will begin to warm your kitchen, it may even give off enough heat for you to adjust your thermostat; much more energy efficient than removing the heat with an extractor fan.
- Keep your fridge and freezer full – empty space in your fridge or freezer not only wastes space, but energy too. By keeping it full, you are ensuring that your appliance doesn’t have to work as hard and thus uses less energy.
- Use the right pan for the right ring – it may seem simple, but if you are using a small pan use a small ring rather than a large one, otherwise the food will take longer to heat. In contrast, if you choose to use a big pan on a small ring the food will also take longer to heat… both methods are inefficient and can waste energy.
- Wash at 30-40 °C – did you know that 90% of a washing machine’s energy is spent on heating the water, so by washing at a lower temperature you will save a lot more energy and money in the long run.
- Never leave appliances on standby – the average home can waste up to £80 per year just by leaving their appliances on standby, a large amount of energy can be saved just by turning appliances off whilst not in use.
- Let sunshine into your home – on a sunny day you can use this to your advantage; by opening your curtains during the day the sunlight will warm your home. However, in the colder months remember to keep them closed to keep out the cold. This way you avoid the need to turn the heating, or the lights on!
- Put a sponge in your letter box – yes, as crazy as it sounds heat can escape through all nooks and crannies of your home, one of the main ones being the letter box. Putting a sponge in their or investing in a draft excluder can stop the heat from escaping.
- Don’t fill your kettle right up every time – only boil the amount of water that you need to use.
- Wear jumpers, socks and slippers around the house to avoid the temptation of turning the heating up.
- Take clothes out of the dryer before they are finished – this way they will not only iron better, but energy will be saved from turning the dryer off earlier.
- Turn down the thermostat by just 1 °C – this can reduce your energy consumption by over 5% , you won’t even realise the difference in temperature, similarly, don’t heat a room when you aren’t in it.
- Remember to unplug phone chargers – many chargers will draw power even when their device is not plugged in, this is known as ‘vampire power’. Always remember to unplug all chargers when not in use to avoid Dracula bleeding your energy bill dry.
- Use energy efficient appliances – if you are thinking of buying a new washing machine, cooker or even light bulbs, make sure you choose the energy efficient appliance option instead, they can use up to 50% less energy than other models and up to a quarter less for light bulbs.
- Never leave your lights on if you’re not in the room, it will save energy and save you money.
- Wash only when you have a full load – this will prevent the need to do multiple washes.
- Use a laptop rather than a computer as they use less electricity than a desktop computer.
- Avoid the pre-rinse on your dishwasher by scraping the leftovers off your plates before putting them in the dishwasher.
- Don’t over-charge your gadgets – not only can this lower battery performance, but it wastes unnecessary energy.
- Don’t leave the oven or fridge door open as up to 30% of hot/cold air can escape each time.
- Look out for government schemes such as the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund which has just received extra funding to help people throughout the UK receive cash-back on any energy efficient home improvement’s they make. Cavity wall insulation and loft insulation are all covered by the fund and are services offered by Ploughcroft, find out more.
Published on 22nd October 2014