These tips will help you save money off your weekly bills, save on damaging emissions and also encourage you to adapt to doing things differently in your home.
- Shut your curtains at dusk
- Make sure curtains don’t hang in front of radiators. Your outside wall will keep warm but your room wont
- Use thick curtains that are thermally lined, or use a second pair of curtains to act as lining material
Put radiator reflectors or kitchen foil behind radiators and shelves above them. The heat will then be reflected into the room rather than being lost to the wall or ceiling.
Don’t leave electrical items on standby. When they are on standby they are using 80% of the electricity that they would be using if they were on.
- A microwave is cheap to use. If you have one, use it to pre-cook food
- Choose the right size pans for the food and cooker, and keep lids on when you cook - this will reduce condensation as well as energy
Freezers and fridges
If you have a big freezer keep it full or else you’ll be wasting money on keeping an empty space cold. Fill up any large gaps with old ice cream boxes filled with water. The frozen water will help to keep the rest of the food cold
- Defrost your fridge and freezer regularly to make sure they run efficiently
- When loading up the fridge freezer don’t keep the doors open for long or the cold air will escape
- Wash full loads of washing where possible. Use the half load programme for smaller loads
- Make use of the cheaper rate of electricity if you have Economy 7 or other off peak tariffs
- Dry clothes outside whenever possible
- If you buy a new washing machine make sure it is an energy-efficient model
- Switch all lights off when they are not being used
- Buy a low-energy light bulb. They use a quarter of the electricity of normal bulbs and last 8 to 10 times longer
- Although low-energy light bulbs are more expensive than normal bulbs, you will get your money back in terms of electricity saved in the first year
If you need an individual room heater for additional heat, the most efficient type is a thermostatically controlled convector heater with timer.
- If you are too hot, turn down the room thermostat or the thermostat on the radiator, rather than opening the window. Turning down the thermostat by 1°c will save 10% on fuel bills.