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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Switch off lights in empty rooms.
  5. Draught-proofing: make sure every door and window is draught- proofed; don’t forget to check that the loft or attic hatch is airtight.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Whenever possible air dry your washing instead of using energy intensive tumble driers.
  9. 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.
  10. 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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