Our Quick Tips for Saving Energy in the Home

Read our quick tips of saving energy in your home. Reduce your carbon footprint and your fuel bill.

Saving Energy - Our Quick Tips

Energy consumed in the household is responsible for over a quarter of all the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions. By being more energy efficient and by reducing household energy waste you can help not only to reduce your carbon dioxide emissions but also your fuel bills. With the current costs of energy supply escalating now is surely the time to take action.

Quick tips

Turn the light off when you leave a room Avoid tumble drying clothes Defrost your freezer regularly Boil a kettle with only as much water as you need Cover pots and pans when cooking Insulate your water tank How to save energy in your home;

•Use energy saving light bulbs

Opting for energy saving light bulbs is the easiest ways of cutting your energy usage. These light bulbs can last up to ten times longer than a conventional light bulb, saving you on average £8 per year per bulb.

Install an energy efficient heating system If your boiler is 10 or more years old installing a new more energy efficient one could reduce your energy consumption by a third.

Insulate your home Nearly half of a household’s heat is lost through the walls and roof. By installing roof and cavity wall insulation can save you on average £300 per year.

•Buy energy efficient appliances

Energy efficient appliances are not necessarily more expensive. You can indicate which appliances are most energy efficient by looking at their EU energy label, which gives an appliance an A-G rating (A being the most efficient and G the least) These EU labels can be found on fridges, freezers and washing machines.

•Turn to 30 degrees

Washing your clothes at 30 degrees is just as efficient as washing a full load at 40. Washing machines also use energy and water more efficiently when full and at a lower temperature.

•Turn off your electrical appliances

The average household wastes on average £40 a year by leaving electrical appliances on standby mode.

Always turn off your electrical appliances by using the power switch on an appliance. Anything with a charger or external power pack will still use power unless turned off at the plug i.e. a phone charger or stereo.

With thanks to 'Property Problems Solved'.