How to Save on Your Energy Bills
As we’ve spent the past three months at home in lockdown, many of you may find your energy bills are higher than usual. With the combination of online school lessons, makeshift offices in the dining room and Zoom quizzes with the family, we are using our electrical items a lot more than we usually would.
Before lockdown when many would spend the day at work with the children at school or nursery, the household energy consumption would be minimal during the day, with the largest amount of energy being used the morning and evening. However, now we’re spending much more time at home, it’s being used all day.
Here we have some tips for you to help reduce your energy bills if you’re still working from home, or if you’re out of the house and want to save even more money!
Smart meters are a great way to see exactly how much energy you are using throughout the day and every time you give power to an appliance. By seeing how much energy you are using daily, this may encourage you to use less, as you’re more aware of your consumption. Smart thermostats are also a handy device to have in the home.
White goods such as washing machines, fridge freezers and tumble dryers use a significant amount of energy as they run for a prolonged period of time, or in the case of appliances such as fridge freezers, they run constantly. By purchasing an appliance that’s highly energy efficient (A to A+++ rated), you will help reduce your energy bills as they use less energy than a standard energy-saving appliance. If your appliance is reaching the end of its lifespan, then its definitely worth upgrading to an A-rated appliance!
If you are still working from home and using a laptop daily, it would be useful to consider upgrading to a device that comes with a long-life battery. Some laptops run out of charge after just a couple hours, and some even need to be plugged in constantly during use. On the market, you can now get laptops that have a battery life up to 17 hours before it needs charging again. Although they may be an expensive purchase initially, in the long run, they will help you use less electricity throughout the day by not having to be charged as often.
Changing your regular halogen bulbs to energy-saving LED bulbs will save you money – both in the initial cost of buying them and in the running of them. LED bulbs are cheap to buy and are long-lasting, whereas halogen bulbs last for around 2 years and cost about £8.42 to run a year. LED bulbs can give you 25 years of life, which is around 25,000 hours of running time, for just £1.71 a year. That’s a pretty good investment in our opinion!
Turn Appliances off at the Wall
The easiest way to reduce your energy bills is to make sure that when your appliances are not in use, you switch them off at the wall socket. Leaving things such as televisions, games consoles and radios on standby mode isn’t stopping the energy being used by them. That little red light you see on your TV off and on button is using electricity! The Energy Saving Trust predicts that just leaving your TV on standby mode can cost you £80 a year. If you leave multiple devices on standby mode throughout the night with the red light on, that figure will be much more.
We’ve also got a few more handy tips that will help reduce your energy bills:
- Boil the kettle with the correct amount of water you need – filling it up when its unnecessary will use more energy trying to heat the whole pot.
- Only do full washes in your washing machine and wash at cooler temperatures.
- Take every opportunity to dry your clothes outside instead of in the tumble dryer.
- Use good judgment before turning a light on in a room – if the room isn’t so brightly lit but you can see everything clearly then there is probably no need to put the light on and waste that energy. If your bathroom has an extractor fan that turns on when the light does, then instead of turning them both on, isolate the fan to be used on its own if you can or open any windows.