As we all know, saving energy means saving money, and ultimately, it’s helping to save the planet. If we all do our bit, we can help to stop the rise of temperatures around the globe. You’ve probably read lots of tips on how to save energy but it’s hard to know what’s effective and what isn’t.
Here’s a quick rundown of energy-saving tips that are practical to implement and do work. If you’ve not already adopted them, do so immediately!
Turn off unused appliances
You may have thought that standby mode was a great labour-saver, and many people also think standby mode does not use much power. It’s actually costing you upwards of £30 a year to keep them on standby. In addition you risk damage to your devices if there is a power surge and there is a fire risk if any of the devices have a fault. Unless you really need to have the device on standby, just turn it off at the socket.
Only heat water when you need it
Heating your water only twice a day for an hour or so at a time is another great fuel saver. Make sure your water tank is really well insulated so that the water doesn’t get cold too quickly. You can always put the immersion heater on again for a quick boost if you really need to. By being strict with your hot water, you won’t be heating it up just to let it cool down, unused.
Only turn on the heating when you’re in the house
At some point in your life someone will have said to you that it’s silly to let the house get cold just to turn on the heating when you get home, so you should leave the heating on all day. Wrong! Unless your house is extremely well insulated, the heat will escape, so for the eight or nine hours that you’re out, you’d just be wasting fuel. It’s best to time your heating with a smart thermostat so it comes on half an hour before you get up and half an hour before you get home – if you have researched suppliers to find the cheapest energy source you’d be foolish to waste your savings by heating an empty house!
Use thermostatic radiator valves
These valves allow you to control the heat in individual rooms, so if you’re not using a particular room very often, you don’t need to heat it. These thermostats also monitor the temperature in each room, so once the temperature is just right, they limit the amount of hot water into them. This can cut your heating bills by an amazing up to 17%.
Don’t Dress for the Beach!
I am always amazed when visiting certain friends and family. It’s the middle of Winter and they walk around in socks and t-shirts because their heating is turned on so high. There poor guests, who have not dressed for tropical temperatures, sweat and gasp for air! You will be surprised how much lower your need to set your thermostat just by wearing a decent pair of slippers and a fleece or jumper. If you are one of those families who are bare footed in Winter in vest in woolly slippers and wear something with sleeves. Not only will your guests be ever so grateful for not being boiled alive when they visit, your wallet will thank you too. A general rule is that every degree lower you set you thermostat you save 3% on your bill. So a simple reduction of 3 degrees will save you 10% on your heating bill.
Shut your doors
So, you’re timing your boiler and your hot water, you’re unplugging all your unused chargers and you’re using radiator thermostats. That’s great, but don’t waste all your hard efforts up by leaving doors and windows open! It’s amazing how many people do this and it’s not necessarily the front door; leaving a door open onto a draughty hallway will let warm air out, making that radiator work harder. Don’t forget to shut curtains and maybe make a draught excluder or two while you’re at it.