- How can I be efficient with my energy?
The biggest impact you can have on reducing your energy bills is by taking a few steps to being more energy efficient
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Lights: Turn off lights when you leave a room, or you can purchase some energy saving light bulbs. A family could save between £50 and £90 a year just by remembering to turn things off, if they don't already do this. (Source: Energy Savings Trust, October 2013).
Washing machines: Check your washing machine’s settings, try opting for a ‘half load’ option for small amounts of clothes. With modern washing powders, you can usually choose a lower temperature on your washing machine too.
Showers: As lovely as relaxing in the bath is, try to cut down by having with a shower once a week? You’ll be surprised how much energy you could save this way.
Insulation and getting rid of draughts : Improving the insulation in your home can save you money. As up to 60% of your homes’ heat is lost through your roof and walls, it’s easy to see why! Double glazing and draught exclusion are also great ways to save.
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Water temperature: Check the thermostat on your boiler, see what the temperature settings are for hot water and think about turning it down just a couple of degrees. That will make a difference to the amount of energy you’re using.
Heating: Turn down your general thermostat settings too: 21°c should be plenty. You're probably very used to warmth of your home, so if your thermostat’s set at 24 or 25°c, turn it down one degree at a time over a couple of weeks. Every degree that you turn it down could save you around £65 a year on your heating bill! (Source: Energy Saving Trust, October 2013).
Radiators: Switch off radiators in the rooms you’re not using regularly and keep internal doors shut. Otherwise, draughts and poorly insulated windows will mean you’re burning energy un-necessarily.
Electrical goods: leaving mobile phones, laptops and iPod chargers on standby, will still be using energy. Switching them off and unplugging them once they’re fully charged is a great way to be more energy efficient. And remember – if your charger has an LED to show it’s in use, it’s still using energy until you switch it off at the wall.
Appliances: Do you use a dishwasher? Wait until it’s fully loaded before starting it, and remember that – if you run it overnight – it’ll be using energy until you switch it off in the morning. Why not invest in a timer plug and run it automatically for a shorter period of time instead?