I recently read these energy saving tips on U-Switch and they’re all good so I thought I’d share them with you – and add some of my own while I’m at it.
Firstly, deal with draughts. Seal off windows and doors with a good quality draught excluder to stop heat escaping.
Secondly, crank the heating down by one degree. You’ll hardly notice it and it will make a lot of difference over the course of the colder months.
Thirdly, as soon as it starts to get dark and the temperature drops late afternoon in the winter, close the curtains. My tip on this is to get yourself some curtains that are thermal as they’ll keep the heat in more efficiently.
Next, when using your washing machine always run a full load, and keep the temperature down to 30 degrees. Today’s washing liquids are good enough to work efficiently at this temperature, and it will save you quite a bit in heating water if you avoid washing at higher temperatures.
When it comes to light bulbs, always opt for the energy saving options. Whilst you may find them more expensive, they will save you money in the long run.
When you’re making a cuppa, or boiling the kettle for anything else, only use as much water as you need. You’ll waste energy if you boil more than is necessary.
Always make sure appliances and tech products are turned off rather than left on standby as this will drain energy slowly but surely. Plug-in air fresheners can also use a fair amount of energy.
And lastly, look into energy grants. There are lots available and you may be eligible for certain energy saving measures.
My final tip is, switch to electric central heating, especially if you have electric storage heaters. They are up to 99.9% efficient. Have a read of this How to cut heating costs we wrote and you’ll see why it could be a good move.