Saving energy should begin at home, not only for environmental reasons but also because implementing some of the simple low cost steps shown below could help you save 20% on your energy bills annually.
Top Tips for energy saving in the home:
- Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut your energy bills by up to 10% during the winter months. In the same way, turning your air-conditioning thermostat up by 1°C could also cut your energy bills by up to 10% in summer.
- Is your hot water too hot? Your hot water needs to be no hotter than 60°C (or 140 °F). Fitting an insulation jacket to your hot water cylinder costs around £20 and will save £15 a year.
- Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping though the windows.
- Always turn off lights when leaving a room and in unoccupied rooms.
- Don’t leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave appliances on charge unnecessarily.
- If you’re not filling up the washing machine, tumble drier or dishwasher, use the half load or economy programme. (If possible, dry clothes outside, this will save money on electricity and also help to prevent damp problems.)
- Only boil as much water as you need, remembering to cover elements if you are using an electric kettle.
- A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and, in one week, wastes enough water to fill half a bath. Ensure taps are fixed and fully turned off.
- Use energy saving light bulbs, they use one fifth of the electricity a conventional bulb does. Using just one bulb could save you £100 in its lifetime (and they last up to ten times longer than normal bulbs).