11 little things you can do to save energy
We’ve put together our top 11 tips on how to conserve energy at home; these tips are quick wins that you can implement into your day-to-day routine with very little change in your life but a much bigger impact on the environment!
1. Turn off standby appliances
It’s as simple as that. When we keep appliances on at the switch they secretly use power, 75% of energy to power electronics, is used when they are in standby, which is why this type of power usage is commonly known as ‘vampire power’ or ‘phantom load’. Creepy names for some scary electricity usage. The main contributors to this are gaming consoles, washing machines and dishwashers - it’s even thought that microwaves use more electricity displaying the time then for actually warming up your food. Crazy!
2. Dial back the heating
It may sound a bit obvious, but turning down your heating by just one degree can reduce energy usage by 10%. Did you know nearly 50% of energy consumption in the home comes from heating and hot water usage? So, next time you reach for the thermostat, think twice about hiking up the heating to tropical temperatures and put on an extra jumper instead.
3. Wash at 30
One of the easiest switches that won’t change your life but will have a positive impact on the environment. Washing at 30 degrees uses around 40% less electricity compared to washing at higher temperatures. Whilst 30 is a great step forward, you could go further still by washing at 20 degrees and reducing your cycles to just one wash per week, resulting in saving even more energy!
4. Shorten your showers
As you can imagine, showering and bathing are some of the largest contributors to energy consumption at home. A standard bath has a capacity of 80 litres, which takes a lot of energy to heat! Instead, we suggest taking quick showers which will save on heating and water consumption. Did you know if you shorten your shower by 2 minutes a day, you can save 155kg of carbon dioxide a year? Challenge yourself to shower 2 minutes less than your normal showers and why not invest in a shower timer so everyone in your household can do the same.
5. DIY insulation
Throughout the winter, ensure your home retains heat by letting sunlight through the windows during the daytime and drawing the curtains as soon as the sunsets. This allows for sunlight to naturally heat up your home and drawing the curtains acts as an extra layer of insulation for your windows. Win-win! Another handy tip... if you have any noticeable draughts, block these using a rolled-up towel or blanket. Again, this will act as an insulator, keeping as much heat as possible in your home.
6. Install energy-saving light bulbs
LED (energy-saving) bulbs may be an investment to start with but they use up to 90% less energy and last almost 25 times longer than any other bulbs. So yes, they may put you out of pocket to start with but in the long run you’ll be reducing the amount of energy you use AND saving money.
7. Keep your home spick and span
Surely cleaning results in more energy usage? Oh no, cleaner appliances result in them using less energy. For instance, a clean hob takes less time to heat than a dirty one, as it takes additional energy to burn through the existing dirt. Similar can be said for fridges; always ensure food is enclosed before putting it in the fridge. Why? Foods release moisture into the fridge which makes it work harder to keep it cold. Top tip: keep it eco-friendly by avoiding plastic wrap and using a reusable container instead!
8. Keep your lid on
When cooking with a pan, always ensure you keep the lid on for the duration of the cooking. This will decrease cooking time whilst using less energy, it is estimated that cooking with the lid off uses 60% more energy. Less energy and quicker meals; we’re on to a winner here!
9. Think before you boil
Did you know if everyone boiled only the water they needed every time they used the kettle, we could save enough electricity in a year to power the UK’s street lights for nearly 7 months? Top tip: measure the water out in your mug before tipping it into the kettle!
10. All in the flick of a switch
It’s a nifty little energy-saving trick 💡 Might be a simple task but as humans, we can become forgetful, with turning off the lights being 1 of the top 20 most forgotten things we do alongside taking the kitchen bin out and closing the window. On average, lighting accounts for 15% of the total energy used in a household. So, make this pledge, if you are not in the room or it’s light outside, lights off! This will reduce your energy consumption with a simple flick of a switch.
11. Always use cold water (well mostly…)
Turning on the hot water tap requires energy to heat the water, even if it doesn’t reach the tap by the time you turn it off... equating to wasted energy. Before you reach for the tap, remember to only use hot water if it’s necessary and use cold water for everything else, including cooking. The hot water tap not only uses more energy but it absorbs more lead and other contaminants from the pipes. In short, it’s just not that great!
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