7 Useful Ways to Save Household Energy That Work in the UK
We're all aware that the cost of living is on the rise. But how can we proactively save energy in the home and reduce our cost living expenses? Reducing energy costs doesn't have to be difficult, and it can save you a lot of money in the long run, now more than ever.
Many of these tips will help you save money on your energy bills, and some will even help you reduce your carbon footprint! So, let's get started...
Tip #01: Turn down the temperature gauge on your boiler
Whilst it has been confirmed that by dropping your thermostat down by just 1 degree can save you around £120 per year at the new energy unit pricing. Most UK households should be between 19-21 degrees as a general rule.
Did you know that most UK water boilers are set at default to around 70 degrees?
Simply find the temperature gauge on your boiler and turn it down to 60 degrees. This is more than enough for most people. A lot of boilers have a default 70 setting which means you are pointlessly keeping your water at 10 degrees more than you need.
In January 2022 JollyHostess on Mumsnet went viral with this massive saving of £95 (before energy price hikes) of £95 in just one month.
If you're unsure how to do this, simply ask next time you have your boiler maintained or get in touch with the manufacturer or energy supplier.
Tip #02: Save money on your cups of tea
Being British, we all love a cup of tea. It is estimated that some 100 million cups of tea are consumed daily in the UK. Did you know that the kettle is one of the most energy hungry items in your household. Couple these two factors together and you could be inadvertently breaking the bank!
Simply boil one kettle full of water and pour the hot water into a good quality thermos flask. Keep the flask sealed and decant, as you need throughout the day. This simple trick gives you hot water instantly without ruining the planet or your bank balance.
Thus reducing the number of times you have to the kettle. Perfect, especially for those working from home.
Tip #03: Install cavity wall and loft insulation
Did you know about one third of all heat loss in the home escapes through the walls and roof? (According to The Energy Saving Trust)
One of the best and most cost-effective ways to save energy in your home is to install cavity wall and loft insulation. This will help keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer, leading to significant savings on your energy bills. On average cavity wall installation can cost around £400 for a terraced house.
In fact, loft insulation alone can save around £135 off your energy bills each year according to the energy watchdog MoneySupermarket.com.
Tip #04: Draught proof your windows and doors
Another great way to save energy in your home is by draught proofing your windows and doors. This will help keep the warmth inside during winter, saving you money on heating costs. On average, you can save up to £30 a year from draught-proofing alone!
Draught-proofing is a quick and easy job that can be done by most people. There are lots of products available on the market, so it's easy to find something to suit your needs. If you are unsure where to start the Energy Saving Trust have a great guide that will get you on the right track.
Tip #05: Install LED light bulbs
LED light bulbs are becoming increasingly popular due to their energy efficiency and long lifespan. They use up to 90% less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs and last up to 50 times longer.
An LED bulb will save you around £60 over its lifetime, so they're well worth the investment.
Swapping traditionally lightbulbs for LED is one of the quickest and easiest changes you can make to get you household working more efficiently and to save you money today!
Did you know that in the UK lighting accounts for approximately 15% of the households electricity bill?
Tip #06: Switch to a smart thermostat
Smart thermostats are becoming increasingly popular because of their ability to save money on your energy bills. A smart meter saves you money by:
- Learning your habits and heating only when it's needed, by installing a smart programmable thermostat alongside thermostatic radiator valves you could save at least £115 per year.
- Helping save the planet with reduced CO₂ emissions
- Automatically turning off if you forget to do so.
Tip #07: Use an energy monitor
If you want to save money on your energy bills, using an energy monitor is a great way to do so. An energy monitor measures how much energy you're using in real time, allowing you to see where you can save the most money.
Remember a smart meter on its own doesn't save you money but it will allow you to make the big changes that will save you money. It is important to work out what your energy usage is to see what differences you can make by reducing usage on things like washing machines and tumble dryer.
You can buy an energy monitor for as little as £20, and they usually last for around five or more years.
So, there you have it - seven easy ways to save energy in your home that actually work in the UK!
Remember, even making a few small changes can add up to big savings over time. Are there any other ways that you have found to save energy around your home? Let us know in the comments below and help your fellow readers.
I hope these tips help you save money on your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint. Thanks for reading!
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