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How to save energy in your home

Thu 27 Feb 2020

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You’d be surprised at how small changes can make a big difference. Whether you’re looking to cut energy costs, or do your bit for the environment, we’ve put together 5 top tips to help you save energy around your home.
5 tips

Don’t leave appliances on standby

Leaving appliances on standby is one of the most common ways homeowners waste energy. Simply turning your appliances off at the plug could save you £30 a year*.

Why not go one step further and invest in smart plugs? They allow you to turn your appliances on and off via your phone and certain models allow you to monitor your energy consumption.

Smart plugs do require a small current to work, yet this is will have a negligible effect on your energy consumption, in comparison to leaving appliances on that could be increasing your energy bill.

Turn down your thermostat

We all want to come home to a warm house after a long, hard day, but cranking up that thermostat will cost you. Turning it down by just one degree, could save you up to £80 a year*! You can also program your thermostat, so it only comes on at certain times, to help save energy.

Ask your energy supplier to install a smart meter

A smart meter will give you a better understanding of your gas and electricity consumption, and produce more accurate bills, which will help you budget better. What’s more, there’s no initial set up fee and your energy supplier will get it going for you. By the end of 2024, smart meters will be offered to every home in Britain. Why not ask your energy supplier about installing yours today?

Don’t let heat escape

Double glazed windows are big energy savers. They help insulate your home, and at the same time, reduce your bills. You can also invest in draught excluders to prevent heat escaping from cracks in your flooring, under doors or through your letterbox.

Be water smart

The amount of hot water you use will also have an impact on the cost of your energy bills and your carbon footprint. Making some small changes, like washing your clothes on a lower temperature, washing up in a bowl instead of keeping the tap running, or even buying an energy efficient shower head could knock pounds off your bill each year.

* Reference https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-energy-efficiency/energy-saving-quick-wins


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