Want to become more energy efficient and save energy at home, helping you to save money all year round? We went room by room and put together our top energy saving tips for your home. Take a look!
- Keep the thermostat at a comfortable temperature, preferably between 18 and 21 degrees. Turning the thermostat down by a single degree could save you up to £80 a year.
- Turn off the lights when you’re not using them. If a light is turned off even for a few seconds, you will have saved more energy than it takes to turn it back on again. This could save you around £14 a year.
- As it’s getting warmer, try closing the blinds or curtains during the hottest parts of the day. This could save you needing to use energy to cool your home.
- Remember to turn appliances such as your TV off standby. In standby mode, appliances are still using energy. By turning them off standby, you could save around £30 a year
- Filling your kettle with exactly the amount of water you’re going to need could help you save around £6 a year.
- Allow your food to defrost naturally by taking it out of the freezer hours before you cook.
- Wait until the dishwasher is full before putting it on. Remember to use the eco setting if it has one.
- Alternatively, you can save energy by hand-washing your dishes. Use a bowl to wash up rather than a running tap. This could save you around £25 a year.
- Use your microwave where possible. Microwaves only use around 20% of the energy needed to use a full-size oven.
- You could save £7 a year per person by spending one less minute in the shower a day.
- Remember to turn off the tap while you brush your teeth.
- Let your hair dry naturally – there’s no need to use a hairdryer every time.
- The ideal temperature for sleeping is between 16 and 18 degrees, so remember to turn down the heating at night.
- Low-level lighting prepares us better for sleep, so dim the lights before going to bed.