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Energy saving tips
Energy Saving Tips

If you live in an average household in the UK, it is likely you are experiencing unwelcome price increases in your energy bills. If, like many households, you believe you are paying far too much for your gas and electricity, you can start making price comparisons and switch suppliers. Even more importantly, you should look into energy conservation and energy saving tips to improve your energy efficiency and start saving energy at home.

You can save hundreds of pounds in energy bills every year just by making some small changesin the way you use energy around your home. Begin by using these no-cost energy conservation tips and you will notice that your next few energy bills will be less than expected.

Energy saving tips for heating

  • Organise your heating in such a way that it is timed to go off half an hour before you leave the house, and come back on half an hour before your return for energy conservation.

  • If your household is thermostat-controlled, you can save about £30 just by turning it down by 1c. Start saving energy and money with such a simple action!

  • Remove any curtains or furniture which are positioned in front of radiators for maximum energy efficiency.

  • Keep curtains drawn at dusk to retain heat in rooms as part of your energy saving tips.

Energy saving tips when using electrical appliances

  • A significant way of energy conservation which we can all do, is to make an effort not to leave any electrical appliances such as microwaves, TVs, DVD players, stereos, and computers on stand-by as they continue to use energy. Appliances left on standby account for an astonishing 6% of all electricity consumption in the home.

  • Make it a point to switch all electrical appliances off completely before you go to bed or if not in use for maximum energy efficiency.

  • If you are charging equipment such as mobile phones, shavers, and electric toothbrushes, unplug them as soon as they are fully charged to start saving energy.

Energy saving tips when using refrigeration

  • To improve energy efficiency, avoid leaving the fridge door open as this allows hot air to enter the fridge.

  • When putting hot goods into the fridge, always allow them to cool first for energy efficiency.

  • Check the fridge door seal and defrost your fridge regularly to keep it running economically for energy conservation.

  • Try to avoid positioning your fridge next to an oven or boiler to start saving energy.

  • If possible, place the freezer in a cool room or garage for maximum energy conservation.

Energy saving tips when using washing machines and dishwashers

  • When it is time to do the laundry, try to ensure you wash full loads. Alternatively, use a half-load or economy programme for energy conservation.

  • Washing with a good quality detergent on a low temperature programme - such as 30 degrees - can be just as effective when following energy saving tips.

  • Cleaning your dirty dishes using a modern dishwasher is a way of ensuring energy efficiency as opposed to washing up by hand.

Energy saving tips when cooking

  • When cooking, make sure the gas flames cover the bottom of the pan, not the sides to ensure energy efficiency.

  • Use a saucepan which is the same size as the ring on the cooker; this means you will not be paying simply to heat the air.

  • If appropriate, cover saucepans with lids so that the food cooks more quickly and you'll be saving energy!

  • Cooking with pressure cookers, steamers, and microwaves can contribute to energy conservation.

Energy saving tips when using tumble dryers

  • Take advantage of warmer weather by drying your clothes outside for energy conservation.

  • If drying your clothes indoors, avoid draping them over radiators as this reduces the radiators' ability to heat the rooms.

  • Instead, use a clothes rail in an unheated room. To prevent dampness, open the window slightly.

Energy saving tips when using hot water

  • When boiling water in a kettle, boil only as you require for energy conservation.

  • If you live in hard water areas, you need to work harder to control lime scale build-up in appliances such as kettles, showerheads, and irons to start saving energy.

  • When using hot water to wash up or bathe, turn down the thermostat on your hot water tank to a comfortable 60 degrees to maintain energy efficiency.

  • As a method of energy conservation, take more showers and less baths as long as you are using an ordinary shower. Be aware that power showers, in fact, can use as much or more water as a bath.

It is a good idea to re-invest the money savings you have accumulated in buying and installing products and appliances that promote energy conservation.This will guarantee that you will continue enjoying the monetary and environmental benefits of energy efficiency. Follow these energy saving tips and you'll start saving energy, money, and the future of the planet!

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