Saving electricity around the home can help you cut the costs of your electricity bills and also reduce your carbon footprint. There are a number of small simple steps that you can take to cut down on your electricity bill and save yourself money in the process.
- Cut down on tumble drying. It is estimated that tumble drying clothes can cost up to £139 per year if you are using an inefficient machine. Instead try to find other ways of drying your clothes such as hanging them outside in good weather or buying an indoor clothes airier.
If you do need to use a tumble dryer you should regularly clean out the filter, preferably before each use, as clogged lint filters can stop the warm air from circulating and drying your clothes properly. You should also try to fill the dryer to its maximum capacity with each use.
- Turn appliances off. Instead of leaving them on standby when not in use try to completely turn off or unplug appliances that are not in use. This applies particularly to older appliances that are considerably less energy-friendly than newer ones.
- Switch to low-energy light bulbs. Replacing all of the bulbs in your house with more efficient low-energy bulbs can really help you reduce energy bills. Lighting your home accounts for up to 18% of your total monthly energy bill and switching to energy efficient bulbs can reduce the usage of each bulb by around 20%.
Low-energy bulbs also have a much longer life than traditional bulbs, often lasting for up to ten years compared to the one year life span of a traditional incandescent bulb.
- Consider renewable energy options. Renewable energy sources are a great way of lowering your energy usage costs. There’s a variety of options available, from solar PV to air source heat pumps that will all be available from your local trusted provider of renewable energy solutions.
- Use motion sensors. Motion sensors can be used to monitor activity and to automatically turn lights off and off as they are needed. This means that lights aren’t left on when they’re not needed, helping to dramatically reduce wastage.
- Use a water heater timer. Many households only need hot water at certain times of day and waste large amounts of electricity keeping the water hot throughout the day. Installing an electronic timer switch will ensure that the water is only heated when you need it and can easily be programmed to daily or weekly schedules.
- Monitor your electricity use. Monitoring how much electricity you are using and how much it is costing is a brilliant way to keep energy saving at the forefront of your mind. Smart meters that give real-time information on the amount of energy being used can usually be obtained from your energy provider and help you to track your daily, weekly and monthly electricity usage.
Being smart with the way you use and conserve electricity can significantly reduce your annual energy bills. How do you save energy around your home?