Following these basic pointers can help you save energy at home. It is advisable to use a Utility Bidder to find personalised deals to look for the best energy providers based on your average energy consumption. This will help ensure that you are getting the most up-to-date and competitive rates from your energy providers.
1. Turn Off Standby Appliances
Switching off appliances at the plug can save an average of £30 annually. Install plug sockets that can be controlled by your phone. There will no longer be a mystery involved to find out whether you turned off a certain socket. Additionally, you can install inexpensive timer plugs to plan to switch off certain appliances at specific times.
2. Install A Thermostat
A smart thermostat makes the heating process much more efficient by only warming rooms that have occupants. The smart thermostat determines how long it takes to heat your home so that it can be at the right temperature at the right time. Some smart thermostats can also be controlled by your phone, this means you can come back to a warm home. With the help of thermostatic radiator valves, programmers and room thermostats you can save about £75 annually.
3. Lower The Thermostat
On average, more than half of the energy consumption on energy bills is used by heating rooms and water. Reducing the thermostat by just one degree can save consumers up to £75 annually.
4. Purchase Efficient Appliances
Purchasing appliances with a high energy-efficiency rating is productive in securing energy savings. A washing machine with an A+++ rating uses £65 less energy over a lifespan of 11 years in comparison to a washing machine with an A+ rating. A refrigerator with an A+++ rating can help you save up to £320 throughout its lifespan in comparison to a refrigerator with an A+ rating. Keep in mind that older appliances might not be working as efficiently as the manufacturer claims because of worn-out parts.
5. Install A New Boiler
The latest A-rated condensing boiler with thermostatic radiator controls, programmer and room thermostat can help you secure energy savings. You can make annual savings of roughly £300 by upgrading from a G-rated boiler to the latest A-rated condensing boiler.
6. Lower The Temperature For Laundry
You can save about £5 annually by doing your laundry at a reduced temperature of 10 degrees and cutting out one wash cycle weekly.
7. Conserve Water
Washing the dishes using water from a bucket instead of running tap water can help you save about £25 yearly. Installing ergonomic low-pressure shower heads can be costly initially but they can save you up to £18 for each person at home every year. Installing shower timers and reducing the time by one minute can help you shave off another £7 for each person annually.
8. Install Double-Glazed Windows
Double-glazed windows can help reduce the load on your heating system by insulating your home. You can save up to £110 annually by installing A-rated double-glazed windows on a semi-detached home that is completely single glazed. Another advantage of the double-glazed windows is that it helps keep all of the noise out where it belongs.
9. Regularly Monitor Energy Consumption
Keep an eye on your monthly energy consumption to help you identify changes in consumption. One of the best ways to monitor energy consumption is to install a smart meter.