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I know that many of my clients and customers are feeling the pressures of the high cost of living. I have put together this list that can help you both in your home or your business, save money.
When we think of energy guzzlers we immediately think of the tumble dryer or the electric shower. However, heating water uses more energy than anything else in most homes and can account for half of your annual electricity costs in some cases.
You can reduce your water heating costs by up to 30% just by properly insulating your tank. And, only turn on your immersion for when you need hot water.
Money-saving Tips Energy Save More Hot Water
As well as being good for the environment, and conserving water, in this case, hot water will also be good for your pocket. As mentioned above, heating water uses a lot of energy so make sure you don’t waste it.
When washing your hands, brushing your teeth, or rinsing the dishes, don’t leave the hot tap running too long as you’re literally pouring money down the drain. But when taking a shower, try not to spend more than five minutes in it.
Use Your Dishwasher And Make Cooler Washes
The dishwasher is more efficient than you. In fact, a full dishwasher uses less than 50% of the energy you do when washing dishes by hand and uses several liters less water too. Up to 80% of the energy that your washing machine or dishwasher uses is for heating the water, not for running the machine.
So go for the 30-degree wash for your clothes where possible as well as
the 50-degree wash for your dishes.
You Must Turn Your Thermostat Down
Most homes in the UK set their heating way too high. Actually, 20 degrees should be more than enough. For every degree, you can shave up to 10% off your heating costs.
You Can Buy More Energy-efficient Appliances
It’s a very good idea to look into energy ratings while buying electric appliances. Modern appliances are way more efficient than older models. The ratings, which have recently been updated, now range from A to G with A being the most efficient.
Once you buy a large, high-efficiency washing machine, not only does it mean you’ll be doing fewer washes, but it also means that you’ll be using less water in the process. These machines use about 40% less water than regular machines.
It’s also a Good Idea To Use a Timer Plug
A timer plug is a cost-effective and simple way to control the time your lights come on and off around the home. Timer plugs are also a good way to ensure your house is well-lit when you’re not there, which is great from a security perspective.
Try to Use Some Smart Devices
They allow you to remotely control your home’s heating and lighting via your smartphone or an internet-connected device. This means you’ve more control over your heating and lighting, which allows for greater comfort, convenience, and savings on your energy bills.
Money-saving Tips Energy Use Some Energy-Saving Bulbs (LED)
An LED light bulb uses around 80-90% less electricity than a standard bulb and will last up to 10 times longer. Replacing just one bulb will save you around £6 a year in electricity. And when you’re leaving the room, turn off the lights and fans.
Cook Keeping Your Electricity Consumption in Mind
In most homes, the oven will use up to one-third as much energy for every minute of usage as the electric shower. Firstly, make sure you use a timer when turning on the oven so that you know exactly when it’s reached the right temperature.
Avoid opening the oven door too much. You can lose about 20% of the heat when you open it. When your food is nearly cooked, turn off the oven. Also, when it comes to cooking, try to use your microwave for smaller meals.
Let’s Move to The Fridge
As your fridge needs to run all day, every day, it uses more energy than you might think. In fact, the cost of running a fridge could be close to £10 a month or more. Don’t leave the door open for too long while getting food and don’t put hot food straight into the fridge or freezer. Finally, for best performance keep your fridge set to around 3 or 4 degrees.
Standby energy can account for 10% or more of the total electricity used by appliances or £50 or more to the average household’s annual electricity bill. So pull the plug on the laptops, TVs, and other appliances before going to bed.
You Should Go Easy With Your Tumble Dryer
Tumble dryers are big energy guzzlers so dry your clothes on a clothes horse or washing line on mild and dry days. However, when you are using your dryer, separate your clothes into lighter and heavier loads and consider buying some dryer balls to place into the machine with every load, as they can save you up to 25% on drying time.
You Can Also Move Your Usage And Get a Switching
In case you have a smart meter or a night saver meter, see whether you can move your consumption to less expensive times of the day and night. Many new appliances have delay start timers and this can help you avoid peak time usage.
The good news is that you can offset energy price increases by switching suppliers! Switching is still the quickest and easiest way to reduce your electricity costs. And remember that around 30 to 40% of the average household’s entire electricity bill is for heating water.
Save Water While You’re Showering
With ‘rain’ shower heads and high-pressure shower heads all the rage these days, a long soak in the shower can end up using almost as much water as a bath. Try to keep your showers as short as possible and turn the pressure down as much as you can.
Boil When You Need, Don’t Leave Taps Running, Reuse Water
Most of us have a tendency to overfill our kettles and coffee machines, meaning we often throw out old water every time we make a new cuppa. So only fill the kettle or pot with as much water as you need. You’ll waste less water and save money on your electricity costs too. This is an obvious one but needs repeating as a running tap uses about 6 liters of water a minute.
As you leave the hot tap running you’re literally pouring money down the drain. If you have a garden and are worried about how your rose bushes and petunias will fare without a bi-weekly watering, invest in some rainwater storage devices. Look at ways to reuse your water rather than pour it all down the drain.
Be Clever in The Garden
When watering your plants, do it early in the morning or late in the evening so that less water evaporates in the midday summer heat. And direct your watering at the plant’s roots where it’s most needed.
Whenever You See Yellow, Let It Mellow
Older toilets use a staggering 12 liters or so per flush. Even newer cisterns use about 6 liters per flush. And if you can’t invest in a new eco toilet, just put a plastic bottle filled with water in your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water used per
Don’t Use a Hosepipe
There’s a reason why we refer to hosepipe bans when we talk about water rationing. A running hosepipe uses about 17 liters of water a minute. In one hour, a hose will use more water than the average family uses in a day. So put down the hosepipe and do it by hand instead.
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