Practical Tips to help you save energy and reduce your home energy consumption

SOME EXTRA ENERGY SAVING IDEAS

MICROWAVE

When the microwave is not in use, make sure it is completely switched off to save money. The clock can use more energy than heating your food.

RADIATORS

These should be bled regularly to save money as removing the excess air makes them more efficent and this is a simple money saving idea.

Keep the Hot water below 60 C

This temperature is hot enough for a bath and by turning the thermostat down you save money on your energy bills.

 

 


20 Energy Money Saving Tips and Practical Energy Saver Ideas.

Lightbulbs
The Energy Savings Trust reckons that each normal lightbulb you replace with an energy savings one will save you on average 3 per year and because they last up to 10 times longer the total money saving from each energy saving lightbulb over its lifetime is about 40.
Standby
Don't leave electrical appliance on standby as they are still consuming energy. The Energy Savings Trust calculates that the average household in Britain spends 37 per year on electricity for items left in standby in their homes. So save some money and turn them off.
PC's
A typical computer left running for 24 hours will use 70 of electricity over 1 year. So if you leave it on but only use it for 2 hours a day you would be able to save on your energy bill by almost 60 each year by turning it off.
Room Temperature
Reducing the room temperature by just 1 degree C could reduce your energy useage and save 10% off your home heating bill.
Lighting
Some estimates are that as much as 10% of the energy used in a home goes on lighting. So consider turning off lighting in unoccupied rooms and it is better to use one high watt bulb than a few low watt bulbs to light a room if you want to reduce your bills and cut your energy useage. 

OWL Wireless Electricity Monitor

This tip requires an upfront outlay of about 34.95 but it will show you just how much electricity you are using and let you see the difference once you start turning electrical appliances off.

Washing Machine

About 80% of the energy used for washing clothes is actually used heating the water. So it is a good tip to wash with full loads and switch the temperature setting from hot to warm as this will potentially give you savings on your energy useage of up to 50%

Radiators

The NEF advises that by sticking tin foil behind radiators that are fitted to outside walls you can save as much as 10 per year on your heating bills.

Gas and Electricity

The difference between the cheapest and most expensive energy suppliers can be as much as £325 per year. So regularly check with comparison services to make sure you are not being overcharged.

In order these are the largest users of electricity in the average home. Air conditioning (if you have it) heating ,dryer then lighting. So if you can reduce the useage of these you are guaranteed to reduce your energy bill and save money.

If you can, consider how you pay your bills. Paying the bills monthly by direct debit is cheaper than paying them quarterly. If you pay and manage them online you can save even more money. Dual fuel deals where you take both your gas and electricity from the same supplier can also be cheaper than haveing two different energy providers.

Home Energy Programme

The UK government has launched a scheme worth 560 million to subsidise energy efficency improvements for homes such as loft and cavity wall insulation. If you do not have insulation you can call 0800 512012 to check if you are eligible.

Batteries

Don't throw away dead batteries. Use them in quartz clocks as they take so little power that batteries to weak to run anything else will power these for a time. 

Kettles

Easy tip this one. Kettles use a large amount of energy and electricity to boil water. Only boil the amount of water you need there and then. Why waste money heating water that you are not going to use?

Microwave

Use your microwave over your oven when possible. A microwave uses much less electricity because it cooks in a much smaller amount of time. If you really can't do without you oven think about buying a micro/combi oven. You can then use it for those times when you only have something small that you need to oven cook.

Energy Saving Recommended Logo

Always look for this logo if you are shopping for a new dishwasher,boiler,lightbulbs etc. It is your guarantee that the product will have met strict criteria on energy efficency which will in turn help you to save money and reduce your carbon emissions.

Shower don't bath

This will save water (useful if you are on a water meter) but it will also reduce your energy costs as you will not use as much hot water. A 5 minute shower a day will save you 400 litres of water if previously you were taking a bath.One caveat is that a power shower can actually use more more and hence electricity than a bath.

Put a jacket on your hot water tank

Fitting your hot water tank with an insulating jacket will only cost a few pounds and pays for itself within 6 months. If you fit one that is at least 75mm (3 inches) thick you couls save as much as 30 each year.

Insulate your roof and walls

Around half the heat lost in a typical home escapes through the walls and roof. Insulating your loft is simple to do and you can even do it yourself. If you already have loft insulation check its thickness and if necessary add another layer to bring it up to the recommended 270mm thickness.
Insulating your cavity walls could save up to 120 a year. Installation takes a couple of hours for a typical 3 bedroom house and can be done from the outside.

Save money by dodging the draughts

Eliminate draughts and wasted heat by installing a cheap,easy to fix brush or pvc seal on your exterior doors. Put draught proof covers on letterboxes and keyholes too.
Draughts also get in through gaps in the floorboards and skirting boards so to prevent this fill these gaps with beading or sealant.

Kitchen Money Savers

Putting lids on pans when cooking can reduce the energy used by 75%

Make toast in a toaster not under the grill



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Practical Energy saving tips to reduce your energy useage and save money too.