Last updated on November 21st, 2016 at 04:00 pm
As we all know, saving energy has become essential to everyday life due to the effects mass consumption has on the environment and the rising costs of energy prices. Because of this, people are finding more and more clever ways to save energy, and whilst doing so, save money too. We’ve scoured the web for ways you can save energy at no extra cost. Most of these simple hacks require a change to an everyday process that’s easy and quick to implement. Try these in your home and start saving today!
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General Energy Saving at Home:
Keep Doors Closed
Closing the door behind you when you leave the room might seem like a particularly small thing to do, but it can make a big difference. Keeping the doors closed, especially when your heating is on, will help retain the heat within a room, keeping it warmer and causing you to use less heating energy.
Unplug Unused Electricals
We all know that we shouldn’t leave electrical items on standby, but did you know that many electrical appliances still use a small amount of energy even when they are turned off? If you only occasionally use an item, or you’re going away for a few weeks, make sure you unplug electricals at the mains socket.
Extra tip: Use energy saving light bulbs
Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use 75% less energy than regular light bulbs. This will save you plenty of energy if you spend a lot of time at home in the evenings and during the winter when it’s darker outside.
Stop Under Door Draughts
A draught stopper (sometimes called a draft guard) is a really useful accessory, that is an inexpensive way to solve the problem of cold draughts coming into your house under your door. A small draught can make your home feel cold, causing you to use more energy on heating. By simply placing a draught stopper by your door, you can quickly resolve this niggling issue. If you want to do this at no extra cost, try getting creative and repurposing old, unwanted jeans into a draught excluder.
Seal Your Windows
Often the windows of a house are the biggest contributing factor to letting the cold in and the heat out. Check the seals of your windows and make sure there are no cracks or gaps. Use some sealant and cover the space between the window and the framing and trap that precious heating in.
Adding curtains to your windows will provide extra heat insulation and improve the energy saving qualities of your home. The more heat you keep inside, the less you spend on heating and energy bills.
Don’t Heat Rooms You Don’t Use
This might sound a bit obvious, but heating rooms that are only used for a few minutes at a time is a waste of energy. Only heat the rooms that you spend time in, allowing yourself to efficiently use your heating.
Sometimes we can be a bit quick to turn the heating on when we feel slightly cold. If you feel chilly at home, put a jumper or sweatshirt on before turning on the heaters and you’ll save energy and money.
Washing Energy Saving Tips:
Wash Full Loads, Wash Cooler
This is something that we’ve known to do for a while. Washing at higher temperatures might be necessary for some heavily stained items, but most regular washing can be done at the lower temperature and will use 40% less energy annually than washing at 40. Make sure you wash on a full load too!
Air Dry Clothes
Once your clothes are washed, you can save more energy by air drying them. Try to make the most of a clear day and hang your clothes outside and not putting them in the dryer. If the weather isn’t too great, hang your clothes inside when you have your heating on. Keeping you warm and drying your clothes at the same time.
If you do need to use a tumble dryer, ensuring you have cleared lint from the tumble dryer reduces drying time, so you’ll use less energy when drying your clothes.
Kitchen/Food Energy Saving Tips:
Use Saucepan Lids When Cooking
Keeping the lid on your saucepans when cooking will retain heat, causing your food to cook quicker and lower overall cooking times, saving gas and electricity.
Defrost Food Before Cooking
Thawing your food instead of cooking from frozen will reduce your cooking time and therefore save more energy. On average, cooking unfrozen food will save you 15 minutes on cooking time.
Fill Your Freezer
The fuller your freezer is, the colder the space within it stays. Try not to open it without actually needing to, and be quick when you do. Packing the back of your freezer with large bags of ice, peas, or even using newspaper, then putting food in front will help keep your freezer colder and make it work more efficiently, because you’re not constantly trying to cool air. This applies to the fridge too, so make sure the size of your appliance is appropriate to the space you need and not too large or it could be costing you!
Bathroom Energy Saving Tips:
Shower Instead of Bath
Statistics show that taking a shower will save you four times the amount of water than having a bath will. So when you can, have a shower over having a bath.
Save on Flushing
Place a drinks bottle filled with stones or marbles in your toilet tank. The tank will stop filling when it reaches a certain point, and the bottle means this will take less water.
We hope you enjoy trying some of these simple hacks for saving energy around the home at no extra cost. We’d love to hear how you get on!