Here are some ideas on how you could cut your bills for a more energy efficient home, as well as reduce your carbon footprint.
- Use environmentally friendly light bulbs instead of the traditional filament bulbs as they use fractions of the energy.
- Remember, if you don’t need the light on, just turn it off.
- Make sure that the heating is on only when you need it by using the timer.
- Turning the thermostat down by just 1°C could help you save on your heating bill.
- If you're replacing your existing boiler, why not buy a more energy efficient one?
- Make sure that your fridge and freezer are not set at a level that is too cold. This causes unnecessary energy consumption.
- Wash your clothes at 30°C instead of 40°C. There will be no difference in the wash quality and you'll save money on electricity.
- Part-fill your kettle if you only need a small amount of boiling water. It will boil faster and use less energy.
- Regularly defrost your freezer. It will work more efficiently and use less electricity. Also, keeping it full (without obstructing the fan which circulates cold air) is also more energy efficient.
- Appliances like televisions and DVD players still use a small amount of power when they're are on standby. Turn them off or pull the plug out of appliances when you are not using them.
- Appliances like washing machines, dishwashers and tumble dryers use a lot of energy so you should make sure that they are fully loaded when you use them as this is when they run at their most efficient levels. Running full loads will cut the amount of energy you use.
- Double glazing helps save energy by insulating your home more efficiently in the winter.
- Lag your hot water pipes and insulate the boiler to keep heat in.
- Fitting insulation is quick and easy so make sure that your loft is insulated to keep in the heat in your house.
Remember to make sure your contents insurance covers your appliances.