5 Ways to Save Energy in Your Home

Are you looking for ways to cut the cost of energy bills in your home? Read on for 5 simple steps that you can take which can help to save you money!

 

1. Reduce heating costs

A really effective way of saving money on your heating bills can be to turn the thermostat in your home down by 1 degree. According to energy saving website Uswitch this can save anything up to £60 per year! Another way to save costs but keep warm is to put on extra layers rather than turning the heating up. Wearing an extra pair of socks, an additional jumper or a thermal vest can keep you toasty at no extra cost.

 

Draught excluders

2. Use draught excluders and draught proofing strips

Putting a draught excluder up against your front and/or back door can prevent heat from escaping from underneath your door/s and cold air from coming in. Self-adhesive draught proofing strips can be fixed around window and door frames and a letterbox strip can be attached to letterboxes to prevent further heat loss. Preventing as much hot air from escaping and cold air from getting into your home could save anything from £10 to £50 per year. Insulating your home correctly can also help to guard against damp. Draught excluders usually start from around £5.

 

Washing up by hand

3. Line-dry your clothes/hand wash pots

A great way of saving money in warmer weather is to dry your clothing on the clothes line in your garden rather than using a tumble dryer. You could also wash up your dirty pots and pans in the sink rather than using a dishwasher. Although using both a tumble dryer and dishwasher can save you time, they also take up a lot of energy. It can cost up to £43 per year to run a dishwasher depending on its efficiency rating then you have the added cost of purchasing the tablets which are around 4 times the price of a bottle of washing up liquid!

 

4. Be clever with appliances – switch off and save

Even small changes can save you money on your household bills. For example, switch off appliances such as televisions rather than leaving them on standby and unplug any items that aren’t in use. You can also warm up your house naturally by letting light in by opening up your curtains fully on a bright day and then drawing them across again when the sun is going to down in order to retain the natural heat in your home for as long as possible.

 

Energy saving light bulbs

5. Fit energy saving light bulbs

Although energy saving light bulbs cost more than standard light bulbs – (around £3 compared to under a £1 for standard bulbs) they can save you as much as £100 on energy bills over the course of their lifespan. Unlike standard electric light bulbs which can blow easily, energy saving bulbs not only use a lower wattage but they also last up to 10 times longer so you don’t have to replace them as frequently.

 

Sources:
http://www.uswitch.com/energy-saving/guides/free-energy-saving-tips/
http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Insulation/Draught-proofing
http://www.energysavingadvice.co.uk/energy-saving-products/energy-saving-light-bulbs.php

By Action 21 volunteer Amy Shepherd