Cutting down on your energy use is not only good for the environment, it can help save you money on your energy bills, too.
We've put together some practical things you can do to improve the energy effiency of your home (and make some savings along the way).
Heating your home
According to the Energy Saving Trust 1, heating and hot water account for more than half of a typical household’s energy bill.
To reduce the amount off energy you use to hear your home, you could:
- Replace your boiler with a newer, more efficient model
- If you have electric heating, install new, more controllable storage heaters
- Fit thermostats and heating controls for better temperature management
- Draught-proof your home and consider insulation
Lighting your home
As energy-saving technology improves, it's becoming easier for us to cut down the amount of energy we use lighting our home. We all know we should try to turn off lights for rooms when we leave them, but there are other things you can do to cut down the costs of lighting in your home.
- Use a sensor and timer on outdoor lights if you can, so they're not on permanently when not in use
- Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) can be more expensive than the standard bulbs, but will likely save you more in the long run. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) too are a cost-effective option for most household requirements
The Energy Saving Trust says that an average family wastes £30 a year powering appliances left in standby mode – that’s £227m across the UK 2. To avoid using power unnecessarily:
- Switch off appliances at the wall if you can, or try a standby saver – a plug-in device that allows you to completely turn off a number of devices at once through a remote or timer
- Look for an energy rating of A+++ when buying a new cooker, dishwasher, fridge or freezer
- Dry clothes on an outdoor washing line or an indoor drying rack (it'll also stop those unexpected jumper shrinkage incidents!), but if you do need a tumble dryer, try to choose one with an energy rating of A+++
Many of these might seem like very small changes, but add them together and they can have a big impact on your energy use and monthly bills.