Most of us are spending more time at home than we ever have before. If you are worried about your bills increasing, we have put together some of our favourite energy savings tips.
These could help you reduce your usage and your bill, after all, it’s the smallest of changes that can make the biggest impact.
You’ve probably heard this before: turn lights off when you leave a room, turn off plugs at the wall when you are done with them and don’t leave electricals on standby.
Dimming the screen of electrical devices means that the battery will last longer so you don’t have to charge as often.
Look at your lighting
Embrace natural light. Instead of turning on a light, open blinds and curtains to make the most of the light outside.
Replacing any old light bulbs with LED lights can help too. Not only do LED lights use way less electricity, but they last much longer too. Switch to LED lightbulbs throughout, and you’ll soon see savings of about £35 a year in the average household.
Keep the warm in
Draught proofing your home can help stop heat leakage, not only will it cost you less to heat, but your home will stay at a comfortable temperature too.
Keeping doors and curtains closed will reduce the movement of cold air through the house and contain heat in one room. DIY draught proofing of windows and doors could save around £20 a year too.
If you are still feeling the chill, try putting a jumper on as an alternative to turning on the heating.
Take control of your heating
Firstly, make sure furniture isn’t blocking your radiators, as they will absorb the heat.
Turning down your room thermostat by just one degree can save around £75 a year, and you’ll barely feel the difference. Please don’t go below 18 degrees if you have small children, are elderly or have health concerns though. It’s important to stay warm in the winter!
If you have a programmable thermostat, make it work for you. Adjusting your radiator valves and timed programmer so that only the rooms you are using are being heated can help you reduce the energy you use and save you money. Also think about when you need hot water and programme that in too.
If you’re looking for a new smart thermostat take a look at our Tado° thermostat.
Get creative in the kitchen
If you’re cooking on the hob, don’t let heat escape. Cover your pots and pans with a lid, this keeps the heat in and reduces condensation in the kitchen. Using the right sized pan for your hob can make a difference too - the better the fit, the less energy you use.
When you’re boiling the kettle only boil as much water as you need, it will save you time and save energy.
Using slow cookers save energy too. They use very little energy compared to an oven and are perfect for dishes that need time for flavours to develop.
If you are storing cooked food into your fridge or freezer, make sure it is completely cool first. Your fridge or freezer will have to use more energy to cool itself down if you put something warm inside.
When it comes to reheating food consider using a microwave. They typically only use 20% of the energy required to run a full-size oven.
In general showers use less water and less energy than a bath. But be careful, some power showers are not as efficient although these tend to be older models. Of course, how long you spend in the shower also counts too.
Get laundry savvy
Doing your washing on a lower temperature makes a huge difference. Washing at 30°C is not only kinder to the environment, it’s kinder to your fabrics and your pocket too.
It also pays to wait until your machine is full before you turn it. It’ll reduce the amount washes you are having to do, and save on electricity as well as water.
When it comes to drying, tumble dryers are one of the higher energy users in the average household. Try drying your clothes outside if you can, or in room where you can open a window and see how much energy you save.
Personalised energy saving advice
If you are already an Igloo customer, you can get access to personalised help and advice by completing our Me and My Home survey in your online account.
More help and information
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