15 inventive ways to reduce your energy consumption
Energy is one of the most significant expenditures coming out of your household each month. In fact, according to Ofgem, the standard tariff for gas and electricity is around £1,206 annually. Increases in our use of technology in the home means there are more things than ever that require energy. So, without the right awareness, you could quickly see your bills spiral out of control.
However, with just a few small tweaks to your daily habits, you could make a significant saving on your annual energy use.
How to use less energy in the home
Taking control of your energy
Heating accounts for a significant chunk of your monthly energy bill. On average, 53% of the money people spend on energy goes on heating the home, making it so important to keep an eye on how much you’re using. Understanding how you currently control the heating of your home can help you identify areas you can cut back and ultimately save money.
- Keep an eye on your thermostat and monitor the temperature of your home. Turning your heating down by just 1°C can save you up to £75 a year, and you won’t even feel the difference.
- The same goes for controlling the temperature of your water. Check the level on your boiler and don’t heat water any higher than the temperature you need.
- One particularly expensive way to waste energy is by using radiators in rooms that are not in use. Be sure to check the lesser-used rooms in your home and check the radiators are off.
Washing away expenses
Water use is also a big factor in how much energy is being used each month. Simply opting for a shower instead of a bath can make a big difference; a typical 8-minute shower uses 62 litres of hot water, 18 less than your typical bath will use – saving you money in heated water.
More ways to save money through water use are:
- Washing machines are one of the most energy-intensive appliances in your home, so be sure to only use it when you have a full load of washing - or adjust the settings to correspond to how much washing you are doing.
- If you have a shower that takes hot water from a boiler or hot water tank, a water efficient shower head could be a good investment. Retaining the feel of a power shower, this could save you £75 a year on gas, and £120 a year on water.
- If you don’t feel like doing the washing up, the dishwasher is a convenient, but costly, solution. Only use it if it is fully loaded, and try not to leave it running over-night, as it can continue to use energy until it is switched off in the morning. Alternatively, go back to the traditional methods and use your sink!
Simply turn the lights off
One thing that we are all guilty of is leaving lights on unnecessarily. You might think it makes little difference, but even switching off as you leave can hand you a tidy saving.
- Switching off the lights in the rooms you are not using them could save you £15 a year.
- Energy efficient light bulbs are also a quick and easy way to save money on your electricity.
While TVs, laptops, phones, consoles, and other appliances or gadgets are left on standby, they are all using energy. On average, it’s believed we waste between £50 and £86 a year just by keeping our appliance on standby mode.
- Turn off all electrical items at the plug when you are not in use. TVs, computers and Games Consoles are some of your biggest offenders when it comes to standby energy use.
- Not only do the appliances use energy, but if you have a charger that has a light on it, then it continues to use energy even if it is not plugged in. Make sure you switch everything off properly.
What else can I do to cut my energy bill?
Around the house
Saving energy by cutting down your usage is one thing, but you can also make sure you are using your energy more efficiently to get the best out what you’re using when you’re at home.
- Keep internal doors shut and keep your curtains closed in the evening. This helps to trap the heat generated in your house.
- Make sure nothing, such as furniture or curtains, is blocking the heat coming from your radiators.
If you’re able to make an investment, you can pay to have things installed that will make your house more energy efficient. These won’t provide you with big savings immediately, but if you are looking to save money in the long term this could be the perfect thing for you.
- Installing double glazing would save you on average between £95-115 a year, saving you money on heating whilst keeping your home warm.
- Cavity wall insulation could cost as much as £725 (if you live in a detached home). This might seem like a big investment, but it could save you to £245 a year, giving you a return on your money in just over three years.
- Investing in a new, more energy efficient boiler could save you up to £200 a year. It’s worth seriously considering whether your boiler is no longer cost effective...
When you’re coming to the end of the month, saving on energy is a quick and easy way to make ends meet. These simple tips should help you to cut down on your energy spends.