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Tips For An Energy Efficient Home

Now winter has really set in, heating our home is essential and the long dark nights mean we are using more power than other times of the year. As well as resulting in more expensive bills, the higher use of energy plays a part in harming our environment. In this blog, we cover some tips for making your home more energy efficient.

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Keep it chilled

  • Keep the temperature of your fridge below 5 degrees celcius, and move it a little away from the wall to increase efficiency
  • Always go for a fridge with a high energy rating like A++
  • Don't leave the fridge door open longer than needed, it lets the cold out
  • American style fridges may be funky, but as they're so large they take more energy to maintain temperature
  • Keep your freezer at least three quarters full so it doesn't have to work as hard
  • If you're swapping for a new fridge or freezer, make sure you dispose of your old one correctly

Clean up

  • When you can, dry your laundry on a line outside instead of using a tumble dryer
  • Turn the heat down when washing your clothes, most detergents work at temperatures as low as 15 degrees
  • Make sure that your dishwasher is full when you turn it on
  • Descaling your washing machine allows it to run more efficiently

Kilowatts in the kitchen

  • Use a lower heat on your pots and pans when cooking food to save on gas
  • Always put a lid on your saucepans, it'll allow you to cook with a lower heat but also prevent any splashes on your hob
  • Remember to descale your kettle every few weeks
  • Cut your food into smaller pieces as it'll cook quicker
  • Use a teapot instead of making individual teas
  • Keep the door of your oven clean so that you can see what's inside and don't need to open the door and lose heat
  • Where you can, use your grill instead of your oven; it's faster and healthier

Keep in the heat

  • Remember heat rises, so the first step is to invest in loft insulation, which you can purchase and install yourself
  • If your water tank is in the loft, wrap it with insulation, but look up how to do this correctly
  • Get cavity insulation fitted into your walls
  • Double glaze your windows if they aren't already
  • Place covers on your letterbox and key holes as you could be surprised at the amount of heat these lose
  • Draw curtains to block heat escaping through the windows

Be smart

  • Turning your heating down by just a single degree can save you 1-3% on your annual energy bill
  • Layer up so that you can turn your heating down
  • Turn radiators off in rooms you don't use, this is just wasted heat
  • Bleed your radiators to release trapped air and increase efficiency
  • Replace your boiler with a more energy efficient one
  • Try using new technology like smart thermostats and smart meters to manage your energy usage better

Water waste

  • Shower instead of taking a bath, they use less water
  • When you're washing up, use a bowl instead of a running tap
  • Don't leave the tap on when brushing your teeth
  • Insulate water cylinders to at least 80mm thick

Light tips

  • Basic but when leaving a room, switch the light off
  • Swap your bulbs for LED ones to save energy
  • Invest in smart lighting which turns on when you're in the room, and off after you've left. They can even dim dependent on outside lighting

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