Energy conservation – reduce your energy bills

Energy conservation - energy saving tips around the home

There are many, many ways of reducing the cost of your electricity bills this year, methods of energy conservation from the very simple to the more elaborate.  Here’s a list of energy saving tips and ideas for easy things that we can all do on a daily basis.  Forgive us for including some ideas that are just plain common sense, but it’s often useful to be reminded of the small things – each of these changes will make a small difference, and when you add them all together they will make a significant impact on your monthly bill.

 

Lights

Switch off the lights when you leave a room.  Sounds obvious, but you really do save money by switching them off, even for a short period of time.  It’s just a habit that you need to get into.  Don’t worry that turning them on and off will shorten the life of the bulbs – this is negligible compared to the saving you will make by switching off.

Still on lights, switch to energy saving light bulbs.  Gradually the traditional incandescent bulbs are being phased out and we are all being steered in the direction of energy efficient bulbs, and for each bulb replaced with a compact fluourescent bulb of the same brightness you could typically save an average of £3 per year.  So if you replace all the bulbs in your house, that soon begins to add up.  Modern energy saving bulbs are now an excellent replacement for the traditional bulbs in terms of the quality of light they emit – look for ‘warm white’ or ‘soft white’ labels on the packet for a light that mimics the softer, slightly yellowish light of a traditional bulb. ‘Cool white’ or ‘pure white’ bulbs will give a slightly blueish light that can be a little harsh in the home.

Appliances on standby

Make sure you turn your gadgets off at the wall, don’t leave them on standby.  This applies to everything, from phone chargers to televisions, printers to coffee machines.  Although each one will only draw a tiny amount of power on standby, on the understanding that ‘every little helps’ it’s worth getting into the habit of turning off.

Fridges and freezers

Far greater consumers of energy are the larger kitchen appliances such as fridges and freezers.  For your fridge or freezer, you should make sure you don’t leave the door open for too long, so that it doesn’t have to work extra hard maintaining the temperature.  You should also check the door seals to ensure the cold stays inside, where it’s meant to be. Modern fridges and freezers are designed to be much more energy efficient, and when replacing your old ones make sure you look for the most energy efficient models – they all have an energy rating ranging from C to A++ (C being the least efficient).

Heating and hot water

Heating your home and your hot water are two of the greatest energy expenses you will have – we have written a separate post on this topic - click here to see our tips on heating and hot water.

 

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