Saving on your Energy Bills: Part Two - Routine Checks
28th October 2020
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Do you leave your phone charger plugged in all the time? Or forget to turn the immersion off? Well we’re back with our second round on energy saving tips. This time we’re looking at ideas you can add to your routine and develop energy and money saving habits from. If you missed our first blog on Everyday Savers you can find them here
Read on to find out what easy habits you can create to save on your energy bills.
Around the house
- Keep your curtains closed at night to conserve heat, even in empty rooms. If you have unused empty rooms, consider turning the heat off in these rooms.
- Turn off the lights every time you leave a room. Try to make this a habit for everyone in the house.
- Turn off the immersion, as they are a costly way to heat water. Consider a timer to ensure it turns off if you forget. Some newer boiler systems come with heating controls for water and heating separately so you can time when the heating or water comes on and turns off. This is particularly handy if you have a set routine for showers and using hot water.
- Unplug unused mobile phone chargers, and any other electronics or appliances when you do not need them and before going to bed every night. Tell your children why you’re doing it.
- Dry the clothes out on the clothes line if possible, instead of using the dryer, which is expensive to run, and/or just use the dryer to finish the drying. Using a clothes horse inside the house is another option.
- If you are using the dryer, use it in the evening or when everyone is home, as it helps to heat up the area around the dryer.
- Do not use the radiators to dry clothes as it lowers the temperature in the room (meaning you put the heat on more) and can create damp which isn’t good for the air you’re breathing
- As with the dryer, put the oven on to cook food in the evening when it's cold outside and this helps to keep the house warm. Or if you’re baking with the children, do it in the mornings to heat the house. If using both, use one then the other to keep the heat longer.
- Defrost your fridge and freezer regularly as this helps to save energy.
- When using the oven, try and prepare a few meals so you can get maximum efficiency out of it as it costs the same to cook one thing as filling the whole oven. Batch cooking not only saves on the fuel/electricity costs of your oven, but also on your shopping bill. Check out our meal planners and shopping tips for inspiration.
Working from home
Working from home has presented many opportunities for a better work life balance, but also some new challenges. Working from home means that we are potentially using more electricity or gas for heating. This may result in an increased bill that will come as a bit of a surprise. Shorter and colder days may add to this pressure, so follows these steps to help take control.
- Get up and move around for at least one-minute each hour to stay warm and active. Sitting for 8 hours can make you feel cold and you might switch on the heating unnecessarily.
- Switch off your laptop or computer at the end of each day.
Checking your bill
- If you have a prepay meter, you will need to top it up regularly as there are daily standing charge and tariffs.
- Know how much energy you are using and compare all the available energy prices and plans. Most contracts are 12 months so it’s worth it to shop around or call your energy providers to renew your contract, so you get a better deal.
These are just a few ideas, tips and lifehacks that will have a positive impact on reducing the cost of running your home. The best thing is that you can start them today. Do you have any ideas to share, or great ideas to help reduce energy consumption? Head over to our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages to share.
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