Top Energy Saving Tips to improve energy efficiency
There are many ways to improve your energy saving, here are our top 10 tips to ensure you have an energy efficient 2016.
1)Switch to LEDs
The majority of LED spotlights are now bright enough to replace regular energy saving bulbs as well as halogens. By replacing all remaining older bulbs with energy saving bulbs, and all halogens with LEDs would successfully save about £35* per year on bills.
*these savings were taken from http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/domestic/energy-saving-light-bulbs and are correct as of May 2016
2) Turn off your lights
By turning your lights off when you’re not using them you will make savings on your annual energy bills. Even if the light is switched off for a few seconds your energy saving will be more than what it takes for the light to turn back on again.
3) Control your heating
The majority of money spent on energy bills goes towards heating and hot water. By installing a programmer, room thermostat and valves you could save between £75 and £155 per year as well as saving between 330KG-680KG* carbon dioxide a year. Your energy saving can also even improve by turning your room thermostat down by just one degree.
*these savings are based on a 3 bedroom, semi-detached house, heated by gas. This information was taken from http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/domestic/thermostats-and-controls and are correct as of May 2016.
4) Turn your appliances off standby
Not many people realise how much energy and money you could save just by ensuring that your appliances including televisions are turned off at the mains. Even though your appliances may not be in use they will continuously use energy when it they are on standby. By turning them off at the mains when not in use you can save up to £30* a year.
*this information was taken from http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/domestic/home-appliances and are correct as of January 2016.
5) Descale your washing machine
Limescale can cause your washing machine’s heating efficiency to reduce by up to 10% therefore ensure that you descale once a year, especially if you live in a hard water area.
There are many ways in which you can descale and clean your washing machine. Newer washing machines usually have a cycle which is dedicated to cleaning out your machine. However if yours does not you can use limescale remover products or even white vinegar*.
To descale your washing machine with white vinegar ensure that the drum is empty, add a cupful of white vinegar to the draw ( this can also be added directly to the drum), set the cycle to the hottest and temperature and start. This is a very effective way to remove any build-up of limescale.
*Some manufactures advise not to use these methods and it may invalidate your warranty therefore please check with your manufacturer before doing so.
6) Use your washing machine at 30°C
Energy can be saved by washing at a lower temperature. By washing at 30°C compared to higher temperatures you could save a third of the cost*. With new technology and modern detergents washing at lower temperatures is now much more efficient and effective compared to the past.
*This information was taken from http://www.britishgas.co.uk/help-and-advice/save-energy-save-money/Energy-saving-tips/using-less-energy-in-the-kitchen.html and is correct as of May 2016.
7) Make things easy for your fridge and freezer
Your energy saving can be improved by simply ensuring that your fridge and freezers aren’t working harder than they have to.
By letting food cool down before you store in your fridge or freezer means that they will work less therefore decreasing the energy used.They will also work harder if there is a lot of empty space inside them therefore try to keep them as full as possible.
8) Turn the pressure down
By turning the pressure down on the power shower the amount of water used will reduce, furthering your overall energy saving. A high-pressure power shower will sometimes use even more water than a bath!
9) Smart Controls
Smart controls help you comprehend the energy you use to heat your home as well as allow you to control your heating remotely. Thus ensuring that your heating is used in the most efficient way possible therefore continuously saving energy and money.
By the end of 2020 all homes will have the access to smart controls as all energy companies are obliged to ensure that all regular meters are changed to smart meters by this time. Contact your energy provider for more information on when your meter will be upgraded.
10) DIY Draught Proofing
According to Energy Saving Trust, by draught proofing your home including gaps around the floor and any doors/windows which allow heat to be lost you can save between £25 and £50* a year on your energy bills.
*this information was taken from http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/domestic/draught-proofing-your-home and is correct as of May 2016.