Small Changes, Big Difference - How to make your home more energy efficient

23 January 2019

Top 10 tips to help you save, while staying warm this winter…

Building, Energy Efficiency, Thermal Comfort

Insulating your home isn’t the only way to conserve energy. By making just a few additional changes, you can continue to reduce your energy output, cut bills and help the environment.

Here’s our top 10 tips to help you get economical with energy…

 

1) Turn off your lights

Only pay to light the room you are in.

Get into the habit of flicking the switch as you leave a room and you’ll soon see the benefit in your bills. 

 

2) Use energy saving light bulbs

As traditional light bulbs go out, replace them with longer lasting, energy saving light bulbs. 

Energy saving bulbs use less energy and last longer than incandescent bulbs, making them the smart choice for the future. 

 

3) Turn off appliances

Turning off appliances instead of leaving them on standby could save you a lot of money. 

Leaving your telly on standby has become the norm, but not everyone realises that appliances still use some energy in sleep mode. 

 

4) Unplug unused chargers

Once your mobile, laptop or camera are charged, unplug or turn off the charger.

Those greedy appliances will continue to siphon your energy even after they’ve had their fill. Cut off their supply by unplugging or switching off at the wall.

 

5) Don’t waste water

It may seem in abundance, but with fresh water making up just 1% of water on the planet, it makes sense to reduce the amount you use. 

Here’s some of the ways you can do that:

  • Take a shower instead of a bath
  • Don’t run water while you brush your teeth
  • Only boil as much water as you need in the kettle.
  • Use left over water to water house plants.

 

6) Turn down the thermostat 

Can you spare a few degrees for a good cause? Turning down your heating by just 1 °C will make a big difference to heating bill costs. 

And if you want to turn it down even lower…

 

7) Wrap up

Before you turn the heating up – Put on an extra layer of clothing and an extra blanket on your bed.

Keeping warm the old-fashioned way is cost effective and cosy. 

 

8) Set timers

Time your heating to come on when you’re home and to go off when you go out. 

Also, remember that your house retains heat, so if you are going out, try turning off the heating half an hour before you leave.

 

9) Stop draughts

Close doors and break out the draught excluders during the cold, winter months – Keep the heat in and the costs down.

 

10) Fill them up

Make sure you fill up the washing machine and dishwasher before running them. Fewer washes saves money, energy and water.