As energy efficiency specialists, we’re always looking for new and unique ways to help save energy. While larger home improvements such as internal wall insulation and our specialist Eco-Roof system can make a big difference to the energy saving ability of your home, it’s also the little things that can make a big difference.
Surprisingly, by making a few minor adjustments to your lifestyle and home, you could save a significant amount of energy and as a result save hundreds of pounds on your monthly utility bills. To help you find new ways to save, we’ve put together a list of seven unusual ways to cut your energy and water bills…
It may seem obvious, but according to the energy saving trust turning your heating down by as little as one degree could save you around £55 per year! Additionally, keeping your heating on a constant, lower temperature will help to save more money than if you were to blast it occasionally. A great tip is to start with your thermostat on 18 degrees and turn it up by one degree at a time until you find a temperature you’re comfortable with.
Through using a washing up bowl to wash your dishes as opposed to having them sit in the sink while the tap runs can save a lot of water and in turn help you to save money on your water bill. In fact, Yorkshire Water states that it could help to save £30 a year. This is based on filling four eight litre washing up bowls instead of running the tap at six litres per min for 10 minutes.
Most people think that taking a shower is a more efficient way to wash than taking a bath, however in the day of modern, power showers; this is very much a myth as they actually use more water in less than five minutes than you would use to fill a bath. By investing in an eco-friendly shower head which controls the flow and pray of water, you could save water and money.
Switch it off! It may seem a very simple and straightforward task but it’s something that we’re all guilty of forgetting to do. In fact one of the gadgets in your home that you may forget about is your wireless internet router. Research has found that it costs over £20 a year in electricity, making it one of the most expensive gadgets in your home to run and an important one to turn off when you’re not using it.
A typical light bulb in the home uses 60-100 watts per hour; this indicates how much power they use. Low energy equivalents or eco-bulbs use only 9-11 watts per hour but still give the same amount of light, therefore representing a substantial power saving. When converting this to money saving, an estimated amount of £20 can be saved during the course of its life. Although eco-bulbs do cost more to purchase, another benefit is that they have a much longer life span of around 5-8years.
Don’t keep all of your radiators on the same setting, but instead adjust the setting in each room according to how long you spend in that room. In the winter a room that you spend a lot of time in such as the living room or master bedroom is inevitably going to need heated more than rooms that don’t get used as often, such as a spare room or bathroom. By lowering the setting on the radiators in these rooms or turning them of all together you can help save energy. Another great tip for heating your kitchen is to keep the oven open after cooking, allowing the heat to spread around the room.
By waiting until you have a full load before doing your clothes washing, you can cut down on the amount of washes you do per week and in turn save water. The same goes when using the dishwasher, if you have one. Research shows that this could help you save as much as £15!