How To Reduce Your Home’s Energy Consumption To Save Money
There are very good environmental reasons to reduce your energy consumption. If you use less energy, we don’t have to generate as much electricity, which reduces our need to burn coal or gas at power stations. And if we make our homes better insulated, we don’t have to use as much electric or gas to heat our homes. There’s another benefit to reducing your energy consumption, it reduces your costs too.
The cost benefits of reducing your energy consumption
The environmental benefits of reducing your energy consumption is clear. But what about the financial benefits? Here are a few tips on how you can reduce your home’s energy consumption and reduce your energy bills:
Don’t make too many additions to your home. This doesn’t necessarily mean making it big, there are plenty of people living in a terrace house or terrace house extension. Just make sure you consider the energy you will be using, and don’t exceed the extra load you will be putting on the grid (or your existing wiring!).
Read your energy bill. You should be able to understand your bills and see how much energy you’re using.
Choose low carbon, eco friendly appliances. You can get appliances that will use less power. You can make a significant
How to reduce your energy consumption
Thankfully, there are a whole host of ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency and lower your energy bills, so let’s go over a few ways you can reduce your home’s energy consumption.
- Turn off standby appliances
- Turning off appliances at the plug to save you up to £30 a year.
- Use plug sockets that can be turned on and off via your phone, to make sure you switch unused appliances off. You can also use timer plugs to turn appliances off at set times.
- Install a smart thermostat
- Smart thermostats can make your heating more efficient by only warming the rooms you are using.
- They learn how long it takes to heat your home, so they can have it at the right temperature at exactly the right time.
- They can also be controlled by your phone, which means you won?t have to come back to a cold home.
- If you installed room thermostats, programmers and thermostatic radiator valves, you could save around £75 a year.
- Turn down your thermostat
- Almost half the money spent on energy bills is absorbed by heating and hot water costs.
- Turning your heating down by just one degree could save up to £80 a year.
- Buy efficient appliances
- Throwing out a perfectly good appliance won’t save you much money, but when it is time to swap, going for one with a high energy-efficiency rating can be worth the investment.
- An A+++ washing will typically use £65 less energy than an A+ one over an 11-year product lifespan.
- A modern, efficient dishwasher will typically cost around £7 less a year to run compared to an older model.
- An A+++ fridge freezer will save around £320 in energy bills over its lifetime compared to an A+ model.
- Wash clothes at a lower temperature
- Washing at 30 degrees rather than 40 degrees can help reduce your energy usage, and if you can cut out one wash cycle per week you’ll clip £5 off your annual energy bill.
- Monitor your usage
- Keeping a watchful eye on your consumption levels can help you decide if and when you have to change the way you use energy.
- Installing a Smart Meter lets you track your consumption with accurate and real time information.
It’s easier than you think
Whilst that’s quite a list, you don’t have to do it all at once. Each change you make to reduce your electrical consumption will help the environment and your wallet.
These are some of the simplest ways you can reduce your energy use at home. Use a timer or window timer on your washing machine. Washing by hand is fine but if you have a smart washing machine, use a timer or window timer to avoid wasting water. Have appliances like dishwashers and ovens turned off when they are not in use. Invest in a smart thermostat and turn the heating down to 16 degrees at night. If you’re still using an incandescent light bulb, switch to a LED one. And if you think it’s all too much hassle, turn the lights off at night. There’s plenty of room for you to improve your home.