Change a little, save a lot
Many of us across the UK will be keeping a close eye on our energy bills in the build up to Christmas. Luckily, making a few small changes to your everyday habits is one of the easiest ways to save a little money.
Follow our simple tips to saving energy and money:
Keep curtains closed
In the summer, we’re telling you all to keep your curtains open for as long as possible to take advantage of the natural, free lighting. But during the winter we’re changing our tune!
Keeping your curtains closed when you get up in the morning will help prevent cold air seeping in through the windows, as well as making heating your home more efficient. To prevent more heat loss, hang curtains with a thick lining to further reduce the cold air getting in.
Switch off the lights when you leave a room
Even if you’re just nipping to the bathroom, the lights in a room will still be guzzling energy while you’re not there. Switching them off will reduce the amount of wasted energy in your home and will definitely reduce your energy costs!
Don’t forget to unplug
Leaving mobiles charging overnight could be costing you more than you think. Instead of leaving your phone plugged in overnight, try charging it in the morning and unplugging it once charged is a great way to save energy.
While you’re at it, don’t forget to ensure your TV isn’t left on standby and your computer is shut down and unplugged. Ensuring your devices are turned off properly can save families up to £30 a year on their energy bills.
Opt for a quick shower
Many of us are aware that having a shower instead of bath can save you energy, however what you may not have realised is how much you can save by simply reducing your time in the shower. So, if you think you could probably cut your shower time in half, you could save yourself a pretty penny!
Use a lid
When you’re cooking, covering the pan with a lid when heating food can not only reduce the cooking time, it can greatly reduce the amount of energy needed to heat your food through. Why not give it a try, you’ll be surprised by the results!