Top tips to Saving Energy at home

Jan 5, 2018 by

Top tips to Saving Energy at home

Energy saving in your home

After moving house recently, we’ve been in overdrive with energy saving. There’s been a new system to get used to, we’re now on electric only so no gas usage at all, and as it’s known that that gas is generally cheaper I’ve insisted on everyone in the family keeping an eye on their own use of electric.

 

So here’s some ideas to help you create the best energy effective household too.

 

Lighting

Energy efficient lighting is generally accepted as norm nowadays. We only use the low energy lightbulbs, yes they can take a few seconds to warm up but really the savings you can make are more motivating that a few moments of mellow lighting to “endure”. Yes I say endure because of the way my kids reacted to them at first. My retort? “When you pay the bills you get to choose the bulbs.” But there are some that are instant too – they happen to be in my room but the kids haven’t yet sussed that out…

In case you don’t already know, you basically have Halogen and LED bulbs. EU regulations have already seen Halogen spotlights being phased out, next will be the remaining halogens to go. So it’s a good idea to go for the LED’s from now on but its have a look at the differences:

As an example you could replace a 50 Watt halogen spotlight with a 5 Watt LED bulb and get the same level of lighting. According to the Energy Saving Trust, The 50 Watt Halogen will cost roughly £7 per year as opposed to around 70p for the 5 Watt LED.

A 75 Watt incandescent bulb will cost around £1.60 a year, whilst it could be around £7.31 for a halogen alternative.

You will generally pay more for LED’s but they will last for up to 25 years, compared to around 2 years for halogens. So your savings will really mount up over time. Plus as Halogens are phased out I think we can expect up front costs to reduce too.

Keep that heat in

With us being mid-winter and having had a nationwide blast of cold, its a great time to look into dealing with draughts and energy waste to make it cosy as the temperature drops, ideally we want energy efficient windows which keep you warmer, keep the bills down and can give you much better noise-proofing, you can find more tips on The Roof Window Store‘s website.

I think we’ve all dreamed of a loft conversion at some point, never more so in our case now we’ve moved so we are looking seriously into it. But it’s created an opportunity to ensure it’s properly insulated up there and the rest of the house to keep all those pesky draughts out.

Create an energy efficient kitchen 

Don’t worry, I’m not suggesting replacing all your appliances! But there are some steps you can take to be  a better you. However should any appliances need replacing, just look for those more energy efficient models.

If you use a dishwasher daily, try reducing a cycle each week. You’ll save on both energy and water usage, just once less cycle a week could save you £5 a year and £8 I water.

A dirty grease encased oven uses more energy so keep it clean and grease free!

Possibly the most obvious energy gobbling appliance is our washing machines. So lets all pledge to make instant saving to turn the temperature down to 30 degrees. This will reduce an impressive 40% less electricity.

You could save £30 by not using the dryer. Find a clothes rail that will sit over your radiators and used that warmth instead. It may take longer to dry but it’s far more efficient. Especially in bedrooms too, you can keep the ironed clothes over the radiator on the drying rack so clothes are warm in the morning. We all have them in our bedrooms throughout winter so pyjamas and clothes are warm, plus it dries our towels by the next time we need them.

Getting dry after a shower

This is a tip I picked up years ago and it’s great for keeping your washing down, and therefore your energy bills down. Since we started this, I realised I was washing a whole lot less and doing it on holiday keeps those tiny bathrooms less cluttered and less dirty washing to bring home…

Keep a flannel for each person for using after a shower or bath. First wipe the heavy excess water off your body with your hands and then dab the remainder off with the flannel, then scrunch your hair too to stop it dripping, before wrapping your bath towel around you.

Your flannel will be sodden but it’ll dry fairly quickly ready for tomorrow, or you can throw it in the wash. You’ll find that your bath towel will last a couple of weeks before needing to be washed because it’ll only be used to wrap a damp body. Get a family of 4 doing this and it’s 4 less bath towels in the washing machine twice a week!

Try it! See how you get on.

Engage the kids

You know, the kids whatever their age don’t always get it. I’m sick of shouting who left this light on! So I’ve started making the kids involved too. One will read the meter every month and is charged with taking a photo of the reading (for me to check) and then inputting the figure into a spreadsheet, he’s actually quite interested to see how our usage as a family goes up and down throughout the year and I use it as an excuse to talk about what uses up the most electric. He’ll then input it into our customer portal which instantly tells us how much that last month cost. And from doing this, he has become more aware, doesn’t always turn the light off but he’ll run to turn it off when he hears me moaning. That’s progress!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my tips, good luck with your own energy saving!

 

 

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