There is so much that can be done in and around the home to make it more energy efficient. Being energy savvy can save money and reduce your carbon footprint. So here at Saunders’ we thought we would put together a top savers list for you.
Save by using your kitchen more carefully:
Only boil the amount you need in the kettle, this saves water, electric and time! However, if you find that you drink every hour, you could consider brewing a batch of tea or coffee to store in a thermal flask to last you half of the day.
Save water and energy by filling up the sink rather than running the hot tap whilst washing up.
If your food is still hot when you put it in the fridge or freezer, it will raise the temperature inside making the fridge work harder. Wherever possible, let it cool to room temperature first.
Fridge and freezers: since these appliances are kept on 24/7, it is worth investing in an energy efficient A+ or above rated unit.
Washing machines or Dishwasher
Save electricity and water by loading the machine to maximum capacity without overfilling this fully utilises the resources consumed and reduces the number of uses per week.
Have a water efficient shower head. This will reduce your hot water usage while retaining the sensation of a powerful shower. A more powerful shower may reduce time spent in the shower. According to the Energy Saving Trust, spending one minute less in the shower each day will save around £10 off your energy bills each year, per person.
Be aware of the heat lost around doors and windows, gaps around the floor, or through the chimney. Draught proof everything. A silicon-based sealant can be used for fixed windows or doors.
Switch off standby
You can save just by turning off your appliances rather than leaving them on standby, go a step further and turn them off at the wall. We understand that a handful of electronic appliances need to be on standby to keep its programming. Obviously turning off the fridge and freezer overnight is not a good idea but there are many appliances that can be turned off at the plug without ruining their settings. If you do not mind losing the clock settings most small appliances in the kitchen can be switched off at the wall. Always check the instructions if you are not sure.
You can buy an Automatic Standby Shutdown from as little as £8 and use this on appliances that you would like to automatically shut down at a time to suit you.
Switch to LEDs
Replace old-fashioned bulbs with CFLs, and Halogens spotlights with LEDs. You could make the money back in savings in less than 3 years’ time.
And lastly, when you don’t need them - just turn out the lights!