SAVE ENERGY AROUND THE HOME
We all want to save a little money where we can, and energy efficient appliances are a great way to do this. If you want to go the extra mile, there are other ways to reduce energy too. This section will give you a few handy energy-saving tips.
Rechargeable batteries are energy efficient because you can use them multiple times.
They are available in most sizes and are suitable for smaller devices like remote controls or larger devices like battery-powered radios.
TURN OFF STANDBY
Leaving appliances on standby always seems like the easiest option. It can be a hassle to remember to turn everything off at the plug socket – but doing this could save you quite a lot of money.
The Energy Savings Trust showed that each household in the UK spends around £50 to £86 a year powering standby devices. So, it is worth taking those few extra steps to switch them off properly.
You could purchase a standby saver, which lets you turn off all your devices with one remote.
When we leave our TVs and games consoles on standby, it can cost between £50-£86 a year.
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.
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.
Microwaves – Microwaves are much more efficient at cooking than ovens, so avoid using your oven when possible.
White goods – Fill your white goods, like fridges or washing machines, to full capacity.
Washing machines – With clothes that aren’t particularly dirty, try a 30˚ wash instead of a 40˚wash. Look out for models with sensor cycles as these only use the required amount of water and detergent for each load.
Fridge freezers – Make sure your fridge freezer is frost free. Many appliances come with technology to prevent ice build-up.
Tumble dryers – If you use your tumble dryer frequently, clean the lint filter after each use.
Energy companies are trying to help us save money where we can. Smart meters are being rolled out across the country to make UK households more energy efficient.
These meters come with a display monitor which updates your energy consumption minute by minute – it can even tell you how much it costs to boil the kettle. You’ll also see a difference if you switch off appliances at the plug instead of leaving them on standby. These can help you to use energy at a time when it is cheaper too.
Or, there’s smart heating control, which lets you regulate your heating system via the internet, on a tablet or smartphone. This will let you know the most efficient way to heat your home.