This article looks at the best way you can save energy in your home and provides some really good energy saving tips. These will help you cut down your energy consumption and reduced your energy bills.
Our homes are responsible for the contribution of over a quarter of all UK carbon dioxide emissions, the primary greenhouse gas behind global warming.
By making your home a more energy efficient environment you can help lower the amount of carbon dioxide we emit in to the atmosphere, as well as potentially saving up to £300 in energy bills.
These energy saving tips will help you to limit your household energy, saving you money and also helping the environment:
Home appliances should always be switched off when not in use, by the mains if need be.
The average household wastes around £30 per year by leaving electrical appliances on standby.
Covering your pots and pans with a lid whilst cooking can speed up your cooking process as well as conserving heat energy.
When you fill your kettle up, only fill it as much as you need to.
Keeping your fridge at a constant temperature requires energy, so try not to leave it open for too long.
When cooking on a hob, you should always use the correct size pan for the cooking ring, otherwise you are simply heating air.
Compared to an oven, microwaves use far less energy, so try to use one for small meals where possible.
You can cook several foods at once by using a steamer, this can obviously save energy because you can reduce the number of gas rings you use.
Central Heating & Hot Water
As much as 10% can be cut from your heating bill if you just turn your central heating down by 1 degree.
Lowering your immersion heater by 1 degree wont even produce a noticeable tempearature change, yet it will still save energy.
Washing Machine & Dishwasher
Always use full loads when running your washing machine or dishwasher.
Continuously doing small or half loads will only waste energy and increase the amount of times you wash.
A tumble dryer can be avoided by simply hanging your clothes up to dry, this is a very easy way to save energy.
Washing clothes at high temperatures requires more energy, washing clothes at 30 degrees is just as effective.
When you exit a room always make sure all lights have been switched off.
Avoid lighting with more bulbs than required to effectively illuminate the room.
Use energy saving light bulbs, they can last up to 10 times longer and can save you around £55 over its lifetime.
Additional energy saving tips include buying energy efficient appliances.
Look out the Energy Saving Recommended label, as these appliances are among the top 20% of efficient appliances.
An A-G rating can also be found on the European Union energy label, this shows how the product has been graded.
A is most efficient with G being the least. The highest rating A, meaning that it is the most energy efficient, and G meaning it is inefficient.
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