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Are these energy saving myths costing you money?

Posted on 23 November 2015

We’re always telling you about the latest tips to help you save money and energy in your home. But this month, we realised that we don’t often tell you about the energy saving myths which could be costing you money too.

That’s why we’ve created a guide to the most common myths that get bandied about – and how they could be pushing up your energy bills.

Energy saving myth 1: Leave your heating on low all day

Possibly the most-followed false tip, leaving your heating on low all day – rather than turning it on when you get home – is definitely not a good idea.  

When you leave your heating on while everybody is out, you’re paying for energy that nobody gets to enjoy. Plus, depending on how good your insulation is, that energy will probably escape from your home long before you get back, which is very wasteful.

Instead, it’s best to use a timer to ensure that your heating comes on just before your wake up or get home, and goes off again when you leave or go to bed. This way, you’ll only be paying for energy you’re actually using.

Energy saving myth 2: Use a portable electric heater to quickly heat up a single room

Although it’s a quick fix, this way of heating up the room you’re in could be costing you a small fortune. Portable electric heaters are one of the most expensive forms of heating, as they guzzle up energy at an alarming rate.

The most cost effective way to keep your home snug throughout is using an efficient gas central heating system. Manage your home temperature with a central heating thermostat, timer and thermostat radiator valves, and you’ll find yourself nice and warm, without being out of pocket.

Energy saving myth 3: Wash up by hand instead of using a dishwasher.

Washing up a full load of plates by hand would use quite a lot of hot water – and could leave you out of pocket in comparison to using your dishwasher effectively.

Making sure your dishwasher is full before you switch it on - and of course using the eco wash setting - can use less energy than doing all the washing up by hand.

Energy saving myth 4: Set a screen saver on your computer

Screen savers pop up during periods of inactivity on our computers and mobile devices. However, most of them require the same amount of energy as actually using the device.

The best way to ensure you’re not paying for energy you are not using is to turn off screens when they are not in use. This won’t disrupt your activity, and it will all be there waiting for you when you switch the screen back on.

Energy saving myth 5: Pack your loft with boxes and unused belongings for insulation.

Packing your loft with boxes, cases and unused items may be helping to declutter your home, but it’s not helping to reduce your energy bills.

Loft insulation helps keep your home warm by trapping lots of air. If your belongings are placed on top of the insulation, this can compact the material and in fact reduce your insulation’s effectiveness.

We all need storage space, so we’re not saying not to use the area - just set aside an area of your loft (near the hatch is best) to board over for storage purposes. That way, your home storage won’t cost you money.

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