We want to debunk the common misconception that we are an energy supplier. We don’t supply energy, but we do supply the infrastructure needed to supply the energy, for example digging trenches and laying pipework. What we do would be classified as “utilities construction facilitation”. Although we’ve just clarified that we are not energy suppliers, we did want to dedicate this blog to giving you some top tips to save money on energy bills. With the cost of living increase we know everyone is feeling a pinch, and so we think it’s worthwhile to provide whatever helpful information we can to help you improve your energy efficiency. Read on for our home energy saving tips.
- Keep your radiators and other heat sources clear from clutter so that heat can move freely around the room will contribute to saving money on energy bills.
- Unplug your devices after they are charged and don’t leave them to charge overnight. Most people are overcharging their devices which is a drain on energy usage and damages the device battery. On that note, be especially careful of your USB mains sockets which have no on/off switch and are always consuming energy.
- When it comes to cooking, the microwave is more efficient than the oven or stove. Slow cookers are another energy efficient cooking device.
- Modern laundry detergents work just as effectively at lower temperatures, so wash your clothes at 30 degrees for more energy efficient cleaning. While we’re on the topic of laundry, avoid using dryers and use clothes racks to dry your clothes instead.
- Fill them up! When using the washing machine or dishwasher get more for your money and make sure you are washing full loads rather than only filling halfway.
- Use the eco setting on your washing machine and dishwasher, it’s there for a reason! It may take longer than a regular cycle, but it will be far more energy efficient.
- Save water by taking showers instead of baths, and be as quick as you can in the shower! Another top tip for saving water, don’t leave the tap running while you’re brushing your teeth.
- Bleeding a radiator means releasing air that has become trapped inside your heating system. Letting this air out will help you heat your home more efficiently. If you can hear pipes banging or radiators gurgling, this is usually a sign that you should bleed your radiator. As a guide, try to do this twice a year.
- Turn off radiators in empty or unused rooms. Heating a room that is only used for storage is wasteful. Also, turn the lights off whenever you leave a room.
- Make sure you turn your TV off, don’t leave it on standby.
- You may be able to switch your energy supplier to get a cheaper rate. Check out price comparison websites and make your enquiries.
All the above energy saving tips are simple habit changes, so everyone should be able to implement them immediately. The following tips to save energy are for those that have the spare funds to invest in a more energy efficient home longer term.
- Insulate your home! Invest in draught excluders and thicker curtains, roof insulation and double glazing. Seal cracks, chimneys, and letterboxes.
- How to save money on energy bill? Replace your lightbulbs with energy saving LEDs.
- Laptops are more energy efficient than a desktop computer. Unless a desktop is strictly necessary, why not sell your desktop and use the funds to purchase a laptop.
- Glass or ceramic retains heat better than metal, so purchasing glass or ceramic cookware for more energy efficient cooking is another answer to the “how to save money on energy bills” question.
- Our energy saving tips at home include putting your exterior lights on light and motion sensors to ensure they are only turning on when necessary (when it’s dark and when someone is outside).
- New doesn’t always mean better, however new does usually mean more energy efficient. Consider upgrading your home appliances, such as your fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and boiler to newer models.
- Invest in a smart thermostat which connects to your WiFi and is controllable via an app on your phone. You can adjust your temperature remotely and track usage more effectively.
- Renewable energy sources such as solar panels and ground source heat pumps are a cost-effective way of generating your own energy for your home.
We hope you’ve found our tips to save energy useful and that they help you save money on energy bills. If you enjoyed reading this, make sure you’re following us on socials to be the first to know about our next blog release.