We’ve compiled a list of our favourite energy saving tips to help you save a few pounds whilst keeping your home lovely and warm.
The Energy Saving Trust has calculated the potential savings from a range of simple home improvements or small changes in habits, which added up could save you over £600 in the course of the year.
Smart heating controls
A feature in our best energy-saving Christmas gifts post, smart heating controls include both smart thermostats – like Nest or Hive, and smart thermostatic radiator valves.
Used together you can not only dictate the time and duration of your heating and hot water, but also vary the timings room by room. Using the timer function you’ll only be heating the areas of your home that need to be warm at any given time.
We’ve all got family members who feel the cold more than others, so you can make their rooms a few degrees warmer, and the others a bit cooler. So, you can tailor your heating according to the desired temperature for each room and resident in your home.
Smart heating controls could save you around £75 per year.
If, at the same time you turn your thermostat down by just 1 degree you could save an additional £75 per year.
Potential total saving £150 per year.
Use less hot water
Hot water is another source of energy usage in the home. There are a range of ways in which you can save money by using less of it.
By fitting a water efficient shower head you could save £45 a year, and if you spend 1 minute less in the shower each day that will save you around £28 for a family of 4 per year. You’ll still all be clean, but you’ll be £73 better off too.
In the kitchen you can save money by using a bowl to wash the dishes rather than filling up the sink. This alone would save you £25 a year, and if you reduce your laundry by one wash per week that’s another £5 saved.
All in all, using less water will save you around £103 a year in lower energy bills.
Save money on lighting
LED lightbulbs are a brilliant way to save money. They now come in more traditional designs including classic lightbulb and candle bulb shapes as well as coils and spot lights. Switching over to LEDs would save you £35 per year. If you combine that with getting into the habit of switching off lights when they’re not needed you could save a total of £50 per year.
Switch off standby
Most electronics have a standby function, which makes it easy for us to switch them on quickly. However most appliances still drain electricity whilst on standby mode.
If you get into the habit of switching everything off at the socket, powering down your laptop and TV, and only using electrical appliances when needed you could save yourself another £30 a year.
Cut out draughts
Of course we advocate insulation for the home which can save you significant amounts by reducing your heating bills.
However, smaller measures are also effective in protecting you from draughts and keeping your home warmer as a result. Draught proofing doors and windows will save you £20 a year, whilst a chimney draught excluder saves you a further £15.
Update your boiler
As heating counts for around 55% of what you spend per year on energy bills, the more efficient your boiler, the less energy it will use to keep you warm.
Of course the type of boiler and the size of your home will make a difference in the potential saving to be had, but it’s possible to save up to £300 per year by replacing an old boiler for a new, energy efficient one.
Insulate your home
Insulation for your loft, sold wall insulation and other insulation measures will give you a great result that you’ll get the benefit from year after year.
With our interest free credit option you can reap the benefits of a warmer home sooner than you might think.
To request your free energy survey please contact us today.
All figures courtesy of the Energy Savings Trust.