We’re all responsible for the energy we use at home. Whether you’re a homeowner, renter, student or live with your parents, there are things you can do to help lower bills and reduce your carbon footprint. And, with the souring of energy bills recently, there’s no better time to take up our energy saving tips at home to help lessen the pinch.
How to save energy in the home?
Draught-proof windows and doors
Most homes will lose heat through draughts and gaps around doors, windows, floors, or the chimney. That’s why it pays to turn detective and draught-proof these places using things like self-adhesive strips and letterbox draught seals. On average this can knock 2% off your energy bills, which is about £50 a year for the typical household.
Switch to LED bulbs
Modern LED bulbs are extremely efficient compared to their traditional counterparts. They use just 10% of the power to produce the same amount of light and last significantly longer, with many offering over 50,000 hours of continuous usage. At a time when electricity prices are rising much faster than usual, saving 90% on energy usage is a massive win.
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Turn off lights
Another way to save energy at home is to remember to turn off the lights when you’re not using them or when you leave a room. Despite myths that you might have heard, turning lights on and off doesn’t use more energy and instead the Energy Saving Trust recommends turning them off when you don’t need them. This will save you around £20 a year on your energy bills.
Smart LED bulbs can help you save even more money by setting timers and being able to turn your lights on and off remotely.
Switch off standby
Unless switched off at the wall, appliances like your TV will continuously use power. Over a year period, this can add an additional £35 to your energy bills. Using digital timers can help you save money by offering programmable on/off settings and countdown functions.
Fix a leaking tap
Leaking taps can quickly become an annoyance in the home and increase your water usage. But luckily for us, they’re usually easy to fix and don’t require a call out to the plumber.
Before you get started, check you have the following tools already:
- Adjustable spanner
- Hex Keys
- Box spanners
- Tap washers and O-rings
- Safety goggles
How much could I save?
Savings will vary by supplier and usage, but the Energy Saving Trust estimates that these 5 energy saving tips alone can reduce household bills by over £150 a year.
Changing your habits such as reducing shower time, turning the tap off whilst brushing your teeth and closing your curtains to keep warmth in will help you save even more energy at home cost-effectively.