We all use energy every single day. But it's probably fair to say that we could all use a little less. Why not try out our top 10 tips for saving energy?
1. Unplug chargers
If you're someone who charges their phone at night, you may be surprised to hear that you're wasting energy. Many of us like to charge our phones overnight, however chargers will use energy for the entire time they’re plugged in. Charging devices for just the amount of time they need to charge will help save energy, as will unplugging unused chargers from the wall. A simple way to manage this is by plugging chargers into an extension cable and turning it off at the wall when not in use.
2. Get savvy with smart controls
Smart heating controls are the latest innovation to help you control your heating and understand your energy use.
They allow you to control your heating remotely via a mobile app, meaning that you can manage the temperature of your home from wherever you are, at whatever time of day.
3. Switch off standby
The average UK household could save up to £80 each year by turning off items left on standby, including phone chargers, printers and DVD players – which are some of the most expensive. You don’t need it so switch it off!
4. Choose energy efficient appliances
When purchasing new appliances, get into the habit of looking at their energy efficiency rating. You’ll often find that new appliances now have EU energy efficient labelling; A+++ is the most efficient while D is the least. By choosing the most energy efficient fridge freezer, for example, could save you £62 a year!
Find out more about how to find the most energy efficient appliances for your home.
5. Turn down your thermostat
No one enjoys getting out of bed in the winter, but turning your thermostat down by just 1˚C can save you between £85 and £90 worth of energy annually. Most of us are unlikely to notice a 1˚C drop in temperature but you’ll definitely notice to reduction in your energy bill!
6. Switch off the lights when you leave a room
Even if you’re just nipping to the bathroom, your bedroom lights will still be guzzling energy while you’re not in the room. Switching them off will reduce the amount of wasted energy in your home and will definitely reduce your energy costs. If you want to go one step further, switch to low energy LED lightbulbs which use 90% less energy and last 10-20 times longer.
7. Boil only the water you need
Ever filled the kettle up to the top unnecessarily? It takes longer to heat the water and you'll probably waste it anyway. Try filling your mug up first and only heat the amount of water you need.
8. Switch to LEDs
You can now get LED spotlights that are bright enough to replace halogens, as well as regular energy saving bulbs (‘compact fluorescent lamps’ or CFLs). They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and fittings.
If the average household replaced all of their bulbs with LEDs, it would cost about £100 and save about £35 a year on bills.
9. Hang your clothes to dry
Ever used a tumble dryer when the weather's pleasant outside? A 2014 study by the Energy Saving Trust found that UK families were collectively wasting more than £120m a year using their tumble dryers during summer months. In total, you could save £18 on your annual bills by pegging out the washing in June, July and August. If you don't want to rely on the weather, invest in a clothes horse or hang your items up in an isolated room.
10. Play outside
With the summer sun in full blaze, the garden and the park look much more inviting, so why not get out there and play! It’ll save electricity in the long run.
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