Small changes for smaller energy bills
Posted by Sharon Russell-Verma on 17 September 2015 at 4:20 pm
With autumn fast approaching, it’s time to think about ways to help reduce those dreaded energy bills. Today, I want to share with you 10 simple changes that can offer big payoffs in the months to come.
- Abolish ‘stand-by’ in your house. Did you know that as much a 15% of electricity use by electronics occurs while the devices are on stand-by? So turn off all those TVs, stereos, computers, mobile chargers and other electronic devices at the on/off switch or plug.
- Install radiator reflector foils behind radiators – these reflect the heat that you pay for back into the room, rather than wasting it on heating the street outside.
- Use radiator valves to turn off heating in un-used rooms. Radiator valves control the amount of hot water that flow through the pipes of your hot water central heating system to each radiator.
- Switch off lights in empty rooms.
- Draught-proofing: make sure every door and window is draught- proofed; don’t forget to check that the loft or attic hatch is airtight.
- Block your chimney: on average, 14% of air leaking in and out of your house goes through the chimney. If you no longer use the fire, seal the chimney with an inflatable draft stopper.
- Most new appliances have an eco-setting. Use them! They are designed to save you energy and water (washing machines and dishwashers), and will save you money as well.
- Whenever possible air dry your washing instead of using energy intensive tumble driers.
- There is no need to pre-rinse your dishes before putting them into the dishwasher. Just scrape off any leftover food, stack them in the dishwasher and let it do its job.
- Match your pots and pans to your burners – using the correct size pot or pan will require less energy to heat the contents. Use the lids and you’ll cook even more efficiently.
So there you have it - ten simple tips to help you save money. I hope they highlight the fact that saving energy doesn't have to be a hardship. So with that in mind, how many can you do?
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