Energy Saving Tips
Energy efficiency at home is becoming increasingly important, and it’s not that difficult to achieve.
If you follow these simple tips and tricks, you could save a few extra pennies and help the environment too.
Turn off Standby
Leaving appliances on standby always seems like the easiest option. When it’s time for bed, it can be a hassle to go and turn them all off at the plug sockets – but doing this could save you quite a lot of money.
A survey done by the Energy Savings Trust showed that just over a quarter of our energy usage goes towards our entertainment devices. When we leave our TVs and games consoles on standby, it can cost us between £45-£80 a
year. So, when you look at it in monetary terms, it’s worth taking those few extra steps to switch them off properly.
You could even purchase a standby saver – this lets you turn all your devices off with a remote, so you don’t have to take those extra steps after all.
Other Tips and Tricks
There are lots of other things you can do to save some energy with your appliances. Here are just a few examples.
- Kettles – If you are making a cup of tea, only boil the water you need. Overfilling the kettle will use more electricity.
- Electric hobs – When you cook on the electric hob, use the correct ring size for the saucepan, so that there’s no excess heat. Always put a lid on to retain the temperature.
- White goods – Fill your white goods, like fridges or washing machines, to full capacity.
- Washing machine – With clothes that aren’t particularly dirty, try a 30˚ wash instead of a 40˚wash.
- Fridge freezer – Make sure your fridge freezer is frost-free. Many appliances come with technology to prevent ice build-up.
- Tumble dryer – If you use your tumble dryer frequently, clean the lint filter after each use.
A variety of sources can provide you with further tips and advice, including government websites and independent bodies. These sources also show the national or global impact of energy consumption and its long-term reduction goals.
When we leave our TVs and games consoles on standby, it can cost us between £45-£80 a year.