It’s Big Energy Saving Week so here are our 5 top tips to save on energy costs.
- Switch Off
Keeping your appliances on standby instead of switching them off at the wall could be costing you money. The Energy Saving Trust says that by taking your appliances off standby mode, you could save up to £55 per year.
- Prevent Draughts
Unless your property is brand new, it’s likely that you’ll experience draughts from your windows and doors causing heat to escape and thus increasing your energy consumption. To prevent this you can use draught proofing strips around your window frames and use draught excluders for your doors. Keep the warm in and the cold out.
- Reduce Water Usage
Reducing the amount of time you spend in the shower could really help you lower your water usage. The Energy Saving Trust recommends you keep your shower to a maximum to save up to £70 per year on your energy bills.
If you have a dishwasher, making sure that you only run it when it has a full load – to reduce the number of washes you need to do – can save you money on your bills for both water and electricity.
- Control Your Heating
Adding thermostat controls to your heating, and turning your heat down by 1 degree can save you a lot of money each year on your energy bills. This could let you adjust your radiators to control specific parts of your house, so no heating unnecessary rooms.
- Move your furniture
If your furniture backs up to a radiator you’re likely blocking the flow of heat, moving them to leave a gap will mean that the heat can better travel around the property and you’re not wasting money by overworking the heating.