7 Easy Steps to Save Energy and Money
Saving energy at home has never been easier.
The climate crisis has been all over the news in recent years, with extreme weather conditions and wild fires. It came as a bit of a shock to me that in the UK, the majority of our electricity still comes from burning fossil fuels.
Homes currently account for around 20% of our emissions - that's a big chunk. Even if you're not fussed about climate change, why should you reduce your emissions? Because it's cheaper!
We're here to share some top tips for saving energy (and money) at home in line with Earth Hour this weekend.
1. Close your curtains at dusk
Curtains do more than stop your neighbours from looking in! Curtains are an effective way of stopping heat from escaping through windows. Another great way to keep heat in, is to use a draught excluder. They could save you £20 a year in heating bills!
2. Only set the heating on when you're home
Between 18C - 21C is the prime temperature for our bodies to feel comfortable. By only setting your heating to come on when you're at home, traditionally in the morning and evenings, you could save yourself £80 a year. Not heating your home unnecessarily is one of the easiest ways to reduce your emissions and carbon footprint.
3. Reduce your time in shower
You could save yourself £7 a year per person by reducing your time in the shower by just one minute! I'm sure we've all been there in the mornings waking ourselves up in the shower for that little bit longer than necessary. The one minute rule makes all the difference to saving energy at home, and you won't even notice a change to your routine.
4. Switch to energy saving lightbulbs
We can't imagine the days before lightbulbs. They really are our best friends. However you could cut down on your electricity usage and bills by choosing the right kind. By switching to energy saving lightbulbs and making sure you turn lights off when you leave a room, you could save energy on a total of £49 a year!
5. Save energy with your laundry
Just by running your washing machine at the lower temperature of 30C, might reduce your bill up to £14 a year. The lower temperature will wash just as well, we promise! An extra tip is to ensure that you fill the drum. One full load uses less energy than two half loads. Once washed, save even more energy by line drying your clothes. The line has the extra bonus that they won't be creased!
6. Use a washing up bowl
If you don't have the luxury of a dishwasher, make sure you are using a washing up bowl. By using a bowl you not only save water but also the energy that's need to continuously heat running water. You might be surprised to hear that this method, rather than continuous hot water, could save you up to £25 a year.
7. Switch off appliances
We've all been guilty of leaving the TV on stand-by, but it's not just TVs. Any appliances that are plugged in, if you fully turn them off you could save £30 a year on energy bills and think of what the equates to in emissions!
These switches are simple to build into your life and make all the difference.
There isn't a better time to start with Earth Hour on the last Saturday of March. Earth Hour is a global hour where you can show support for our planet. You can join in this Earth Hour by switching off all lights at 20:30 local time for one hour.
Are there any key energy saving tips we've missed? Let us know in the comments.