Turn. It. Off.
Leaving electrical devices plugged in and unused could be costing you a significant amount on your energy bills. Most electronics can be safely turned off without upsetting any of its systems. Look out for things like the little red standby light on your television set to determine whether or not you could be throwing your hard earned money down the drain.
Some electrical appliances pull in energy when plugged into a socket, even when the devices are not being used. A good example of a device that is known to waste energy when not switched off is a phone charger.
Switch it off, pull it out of the socket and save yourself money.
Larger bursts of heat could be costing you more money than keeping your heating on a constant low temperature. Turning your thermostat down by just 1°C could also save you around £60 on your heating bills. Get cosy with your thermostat and get to know how the timer settings work.
Layer up to keep yourself warm. Adding just a couple of extra layers to your outfit could save you money on your heating bills as you won’t feel the need to put the heating on. Jumpers, cardigans, fluffy socks and chunky slippers could lure you away from ‘just popping the heating on for an hour.’
Save yourself time and energy (in more ways than one) by cooking meals at the same time when using your oven. Most ovens have more than one shelf so why not take advantage and cook multiple dishes. Not only does this save you money on your energy bills, but saves you time cooking throughout the week.
Another energy saving bonus: whilst you’re busy preparing and cooking meals, the heat from the oven is warming the kitchen up for you.
Waste not washing
Washing machines use less energy when being used on a 30ºC wash. Your clothes will still come out as clean and as fresh as they would do on a 40ºC wash, but for less money.
Comparing is caring
Don’t settle for any gas and electricity provider. Do your homework and use online compare websites to see who has the best deals out there. You could be saving yourself hundreds of pounds a year.
Here are four compare websites that you may find useful:
For most people it is a force of habit when they turn their lights off in a room they’re not using anymore, however this is not the same for everyone. Turning lights off could save you a heap of money on your electricity bills.
Energy saving lightbulbs will save you roughly 80% of the energy that normal lightbulbs use. Lighting accounts for around 15% of your electricity bill, so switch to low energy or energy saving lightbulbs for cheaper electricity payments.
Save while you shower
According to research undertaken by the BBC, you could save over 400 litres of water a week if you have a 5 minute shower every day instead of a bath. A five minute shower uses only a third of the water a bath uses.
Shower timers will let you know when it’s time to turn your shower off. This is a water saving system that will help you to save water every time you shower.
Amazon sell these for around £10: www.amazon.com
High-powered showers use as much water in the space of a few minutes as it would take to fill a bath to full. Energy-efficient shower heads can reduce the amount of water you use per shower to save you money on your water bill (if you are on a meter) and will save you money on the energy it costs to heat your water.
Draught-proofing your home is a cheap and efficient way to save energy. Doing simple things like placing a draught excluder at the bottom of your doors and sealing your windows can significantly change the temperature in any room and keep all heat in.
Another way to keep the heat in: Why not try the Ecoflap? A letterbox that works against the wind. No matter which way the wind blows, the force of it will keep the letterbox shut but has the same easy access for posting letters and parcels as a normal letterbox does.
Solar panel systems capture energy released by the sun using photovoltaic cells. These cells do not need just direct sunlight and can still generate electricity on a cloudy day. The energy is converted into electricity to power lighting and household appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers.
There are many benefits to having solar panels such as:
A. The sun is free! Once your solar panels have been installed, you can only gain from them. You will be able to see a substantial decrease in your bills at the end of each month.
B. You are able to sell any extra electricity your panels have made back to the grid
C. Solar energy is green energy and does not release any harmful chemicals or pollutants into the air
Three quirky ways to save you money on your energy bills:
Thermal wallpaper, made out of Wallrock Fibreliner, costs around £100 for a 4mm thick 15 metre roll and can be bought from only specialised DIY stores. It is a cheap and easy way to keep your home warm.
Insulating wallpaper made with polystyrene is cheaper but is not as effective as the Wallrock Fibreliner.
Radiator Boosters and Reflectors
Radiator boosters cost roughly £25 from leading stores such Maplins and Amazon. The booster sits on top of the radiator and draws any spare heat trapped behind the radiator into its fan. It then distributes the extra heat around the room. Scientists have proven that without the radiator booster, a room will not heat up as quickly. Apart from a small sound, the radiator booster will be barely noticeable – until you start reaping the benefits of the extra heat in your room.
Radiator reflectors are easy fitting metal panels that are fitted behind the radiators in your home to help save heat energy. When fitted behind a radiator, the panels reflect the heat back to the radiator to keep the water returning to the boiler hot. The panels trap heated air pockets which are then circulated around the room. The reflectors are low-cost at around £21 and can be bought from www.amazon.com and www.heatkeeper.co.uk.
by Laura L Gooderham