When it comes to household bills, there are many ways to save energy at home easily. Here are a few things that have transformed our house in terms of taking our bills down by roughly 30%.
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Insulate the Loft
Use loft insulation to line your loft and stop the heat from escaping out of the roof. Look out for deals from the local DIY store. Sometimes they offer this for free, depending on the government’s policy for energy.
Upgrade to Double Glazed Windows
One house we fitted these in, the bills compared to previous were halved – it’s ridiculous I know, but true.
Change that Old Wooden Door to a Composite Door Ideally
Wow, what a difference this made – no more obvious temperature zones anymore. These are priced between about £600 and £1000, but are well worth their weight in gold.
Invest in Cavity Wall Insulation
If this is possible for your house, this is a big win – particularly if your house is the end one on the row, and has one wall against the cold winter air. Look out for free energy grants from local companies – we had ours at the time, done for free.
Shut Doors in Rooms You are Not Using
This keeps unnecessary cold air in rooms where you have turned the heat down.
Shut Windows in Winter
Only air the house once a week – sounds a bit obvious, but if you have the windows open, you are letting your hard-earned cash float out of the windows, in the form of heated air.
Use LED or Energy Efficient Lightbulbs
ThisisMoney claims that for every light bulb you replace, to an energy efficient one, you save £3 a bulb over the year. This mounts up to a saving over around £100 of energy just on one simple change. Ikea do super cheap bulbs now – it’s worth a look. Another cool fact is that the bulbs last 10-20 times longer, so over time, you will save a fortune! For example 20 years @ £100 = £2000
Switch Appliances off at the Plug
The saving on this is not to sniffed at – it will bring £30 a year extra to the pot, according to Moneysupermarket.com.
Turn down Your Thermostat by One Degree
For every degree you turn down your thermostat, you could potentially save £50 a year. So crack out the woolly jumpers and put more layers on instead of reaching for the thermostat too quickly. (the greenage)
In the Winter, Open Your Curtains During the Day
If you let the sunlight in, chances are it will contribute to heating your house during the day for free.So in the evening the base temperature will be higher throughout the evening and therefore not needing as much heat to heat it as hot.
Fill Your Freezer Up
This will keep the cold within the food, therefore the freezer needs less energy to keep it a constant temperature. This will give the machinery inside the freezer a break.
Avoid Using the Dryer if Possible
Driers suck up energy – try and hang your clothes outside. Free drying and natural as well.
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Fill the Washing Machine as Full as Possible
I manage to have two full washing loads every week. This maximises the space inside the machine. It doesn’t save a fortune, but on an A rated machine, will save you £4 a year.
Wash at Lower Temperatures
Did you know that washing at 30 degrees can be a third cheaper than at 40 degrees? Moneysupermarket believes it could save you around £52 a year.
Don’t Overfill the Kettle
Filling the kettle unnecessarily causes you to use too much energy usage for the water you need. The BBC claims that it can save you up to £68 a year total.
Buy Smaller Appliances
If you invest in a large American fridge, don’t be surprised if it uses lots of energy. If you keep you appliances compact, they will use less energy overall.
Buy Energy Efficient Appliances
No I’m not suggesting rush out and buy all new. When it’s time to replace an appliance, look at the energy rating will save you a considerable amount on energy. Prices are more expensive, but the operating costs are between 9% and 25% lower per year. Energysage’s article has examples of what you can save on different appliances. For example, ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers consume 25% less energy and 45% less water than conventional ones, whereas ENERGY STAR refrigerators use only 9% less energy. So is it does to doing research prior to buying, to consider this carefully. At what rating would it save you the most money on energy against the costs of buying it?
Avoid Drying Clothes on the Radiator
Not only will it save you money, it will make the boiler work harder to heat the room.There are also other reasons not to that bestheating.com goes into in more detail in this article.
Use the Dishwasher Instead of Hand Washing
Hand washing really does use more hot water than a dishwasher. Use the dishwasher on ECO mode or closest to this. Look at the load you have got – is it possible to use a shorter cycle, or fill the dishwasher completely, so you can run a a hotter cycle once. Me and Mr Budget invested in more crockery and cutlery, so we have more to fill the machine up first, before we run out.
Limit the Amount you Charge Devices
Don’t leave devices like phones or tablets over night to charge – they only need two or three hours at the most. Maybe charge them when you get home from work and take them off charge. Think about how much energy this will save you – around charging every night.
Install a Smartphone Controlled Energy System
My husband has installed Smart Things, which allows us to set the lighting as you want – in the dining room at night, as we walk through the kitchen, the light is triggered by a sensor and lasts for 5 minutes. He didn’t pay the original company for the privilege of buying their expensive fixtures and sensors. He researched online for cheaper products that work with z wave technology. See there are android programmers out there, busy writing programs for these super cheap, and quite frankly better designed sensors. Win! Win all round!
We sat together and talked about where in the house, we use the most energy, heat and what doesn’t need to be on etc. The beauty of our system is that radiators can have controllable valves set to them, so now we heat our house zonally. As you can imagine, the heating set up side of this cost more, so my husband has been working on this for a while, patiently saving for the next fixture. His total comes to approx. £300 all in so far (he won’t be able to resist more tech at some point I’m sure!)
Now we have scenario, where only the lounge and downstairs is heated in the evening, but then at 10 o’clock the bedroom radiator is triggered and to 20 Celsius, so that I am warm when I go to bed. We have seen savings so far of £30 a month on electricity and gas total.
Other companies for example, that supply these are called Hive, Nest and Heatmiser. You can also control them from your smartphone. We have been on holiday in America and it was cool to be able to switch on the bedroom lamp! Seriously though, you really should think of investing in a system like this. Hive and the others mentioned can also link directly to your boiler and control it.
So as you can see, what seem like neglible savings all add up together to give you a figure saved in the hundreds every year! Pretty amazing what things we can get started doing straight away. Has this article fired you up to get started, looking at ways you can save in the home? Maybe you want to read my post on saving money on cars and motoring, or clothes, or even ways to save on credit card debt. If Christmas is on your mind, see my tips on keeping calm and controlling what you want from Christmas, and also ideas for surviving Christmas when you have no money.
You could soon be saving literally thousands!