No matter what time of the year it is, there’s always some ways you can save energy all year around, helping the environment and lowering your bills. Below are some small changes you can make that over a long period of time, can make a huge difference.
Compare Energy Retailers
Use a comparison website like Switchme or Powerswitch ensure you’re not paying too much for your electricity, gas and solar energy services. If your bills are higher than usual for your household use, it may be a good idea to switch providers.
Close Curtains and Shut Doors
Using a heater or air conditioner to regulate the temperature of the whole house can be expensive. Whether it’s hot or cold, closing doors and shutting curtains is a simple and highly effective way of maintaining the temperature of your house. Ensure your blinds or curtains seal your windows properly and block draughts around doors and windows to stop cool air coming in/escaping.
Switch Appliances Off
Computers, stereos, TVs, game consoles and DVD players all use energy while they are in standby mode. When you’re not using them, switch appliances off at the wall. Use a power board for areas with a lot of devices such as your entertainment centre as it allows you to switch of all appliances with one switch while offering surge protection.
Manage Your Lighting
Turn lights off in the rooms you’re not using and if you haven’t already, change your old light globes to compact, energy saving fluorescent globes. If you only need a small amount of light in a room, use a lamp or spotlight instead of your main lights.
Run Your Fridge Efficiently
Since your fridge is always on, it’s on the most expensive appliances to run. Keep the fridge in a cool, well ventilated spot away from the sun and oven. Make sure the door seal is tight and free from gaps so cold air can’t escape to ensure it runs efficiently.
Keep the temperature at around 4 or 5 degrees and your freezer temperature between minus 15 and minus 18.
Saving Energy in the Kitchen
Reduce energy consumption in the kitchen with simple tricks like keeping lids on pots while cooking, using the economy cycle on dishwasher and thawing food in the fridge to reduce cooking time.
Use Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling Systems
When it comes to heating and cooling your home, it’s worth investing in high quality, energy efficient systems such as heat pumps. While the initial cost of installation can be expensive, the long term cost saving benefits are irrefutable.