Energy Saving Tips

Received a bill that has given you a shock? Below are some changes you can make that may help lower your costs.

Put a tick in the right-hand column against the tips you’ve actioned to see where you can save more energy!

Heating and Cooling

Ways to save

  • In Winter, keep the heating below 20°C. In Summer, keep the thermostat between 24-26°C. Every degree of difference will increase running costs by around 5-10%.
  • Close rooms you’re not using, so you only heat and cool the rooms in use.
  • Fans increase the efficiency of air conditioning and heating systems by circulating the cool or hot air they create. Using a fan with both means you can lower your heating in Winter and maintain your air conditioning at higher temperatures in Summer. 
  • Draught-proof your home by sealing any gaps or cracks to stop heated or cooled air from escaping.
  • In Winter, prevent heat loss by keeping windows shaded with awnings or blinds. In summer, close curtains during the day to keep the heat out.
  • Open the doors and windows to ventilate the house when the outside temperature drops on summer evenings.

Lighting

Ways to save

  • Switch off lights when you leave a room.
  • Use natural lighting wherever possible. If it’s light outside, open the curtains or blinds rather than switching on a light.

Home Entertainment and Small Appliances

Ways to save

  • You could save up to 20% of your current household energy consumption by simply switching off or unplugging lights and appliances when they’re not in use. Many appliances and gadgets, such as phone chargers, game consoles and microwave ovens continue to draw power when they’re not in use. Remember, if it’s got a little light or clock, it’s using power.
  • Use the radio rather than the TV for background noise.
  • If you are going to buy a new appliance, choose one with a high efficiency rating. You will save on running costs over the life of the purchase.

Cooking

Ways to save

  • Only boil what you need. Boiling a full kettle when you’re only making one cup of tea takes longer and wastes energy.
  • Keep lids on pots and pans when cooking and use the right sized pot for hob.
  • Cook in bulk and freeze the excess for later.

Washing    

Ways to save

  • Save energy and water by washing in cold water, using the shortest cycle possible and waiting till you have enough clothes for a full load. Also, don’t forget to spin them thoroughly before putting them in the dryer.
  • Use a clothesline instead of a dryer whenever possible. If you do need to use the dryer, wait until you have a full load.

Outdoors

Ways to save

  • Use a pool cover to reduce evaporation, keep debris out and minimise the energy needed to clean your pool.
  • Your pool’s filter should only need to run for 8–12 hours in summer and 6–8 hours in winter. If possible, set it to run at off-peak time.
  • Turn the temperature of your pool down or off completely when you know it won't be used for several days.