There are several benefits to cutting down on your energy usage. Using less gas and electricity helps reduce harmful CO2 levels and it helps cut down the costs of your utility bills.
When you’re looking to minimise the amount you spend on electricity and gas at home, you should first make sure that you’re on the least expensive and most suitable tariff available for you. In fact, there are many services that can help you compare energy plans such as Selectra UK.
On top of that, there are several tips and practices that you can use around your home to reduce your energy costs. A few examples are listed below and you can visit the Selectra website for even more tips.
Replacing even a single old light bulb with an energy-saving efficient one can minimise lighting costs by up to £78 through the life of the light bulb. In addition, these bulbs last around 12 times longer than traditional bulbs.
Use reflector panels behind your radiator. These can reflect heat back into the room and when around 95% of heat energy is radiated from the rear of a radiator, this can make a big difference. You can also get radiator timers and radiator boosters that suck heat in from your radiator and move it around your room 50% more efficiently.
Closing your curtains at sundown can help to retain the heat in each room. In the winter, consider lining your curtains with additional fabric or use thermal and heavier curtains to save money.
In most cases, you can save about 3% on your heating bill for each degree you turn down the thermostat. Turning the thermostat down doesn’t automatically mean that you will be colder. In addition, there are several products on the market such as the radiator boosters mentioned above that help to capture radiator heat and circulate it around the room more effectively.
Consistently dripping hot water taps can waste enough hot water in just a week to fill the bath halfway. It’s always important to fix leaking taps right away and make sure they turn off completely.
Make sure windows, doors, loft hatches, wall and ceiling fittings, and ceiling-to-wall joints are not letting draughts in. By doing this, you’ll save around £55 per year. DIY draught-proofing usually costs about £120 for materials and professional draught-proofing can run about twice that.
Washing Machine and Dryer
Wash full loads rather than washing a few smaller loads. When possible, use a setting of 40°C or even 30°C. You will use around one-third less electricity by doing this.
Also, you’d be surprised how much you can save by not using the dryer. In the summer, hang your clothes outside. In the winter, use a drying rack and a radiator. On sunny days, put the rack near your windows to speed up the drying process. Also, make sure you take your laundry off the radiators as soon as it’s dry. The heat can go back in the room and you won’t burn them that way. If you do want to use the dryer, put it on tumble.