How to save energy at home?
As energy prices continue to rise, our simple energy saving tips will help you to keep the bills down.
Energy-Saving Light Bulbs – A bright idea
They last up to 10 times longer than traditional bulbs, and use around 80% less energy. An energy-saving light bulb produces the same amount of light at 13-18w as the more traditional 60w bulb. This reduces energy costs and saves you up to £60 over the lifetime of the light bulb.
Washing Machines – Be cool
90% of the energy a washing machine uses goes towards heating the water. A 30°C wash could save over a third of the energy you use when compared to washing at higher temperatures.
Tumble Dryers – Fully loaded
When using your dryer, ensure that it is full, but don’t overload. Tumble dryers consume more energy than most washing machines. In fact, it’s much cheaper and better for the environment to use a washing line or a clothes horse if you can. If you do need to use a tumble dryer, make sure you use a fast spin on your washing, as this removes more of the water.
Dishwashers – The fuller the better
Only use your dishwasher when you have a full load as a half load uses the same amount of energy. If possible, stop the dishwasher’s cycle when it gets to the drying stage, open it up, and let the load dry naturally.
Kettles – A cup is better than a kettle-full
Only put in the amount of water you need, as over-filling each time wastes energy and money.
Buying a new fridge/freezer?
Look for the Energy Saving Recommended logo. These more efficient appliances could save you as much as £37 a year.
Stand-by – Switching off is being switched on
You can reduce your electricity bill and avoid emitting CO2, simply by not leaving your electrical products on stand-by. Switch them off and unplug them when not in use.
What is energy efficiency?
Energy efficiency means using less energy to provide the same service. When considering how to save energy at home, it could be by using energy saving appliances or ensuring your home is properly insulated to reduce heating usage.
Energy efficiency is not to be mistaken with energy conservation. Although similar, energy conservation is the act of reducing or going without a service to save energy, for example, walking to the shop instead of using the car.
Energy efficiency at home is not just great for the environment and can reduce CO2 emissions, it’s also great for your pocket and can save you money too.