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How to Save Electricity at Home

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Posted on: 05.10.2017

The only guaranteed way to save money on your electricity bill is to cut down on the amount of electricity you use.

Sounds simple, but putting this into practice can be harder than you might think.

Here are Good Energy's 20 top tips for saving electricity at home:

#1 Switch to LED Bulbs 

They're far more efficient than incandescent lightbulbs, last longer and can provide a cleaner, more natural looking light. 

#2 Install smart switches

There's loads available, from simple timed switches to ones that can be controlled remotely from your smartphone. This makes it much easier to ensure that your electronics aren't left on standby. 

#3 Turn it off at the switch

Leaving electronics on standby means that electricity is still being used so they can be turned on at a moment’s notice. Turning these appliances off at the wall stops this from happening – you could even use a smart switch as mentioned in the point above! (This counts for your lights as well, an LED will reduce cost but turning them off will cut it completely). 

#4 Clean the coils on your fridge 

Chances are you’ve never bothered to do this. The coils on the back of your fridge can get really dirty which reduces efficiency, so aim to give them a clean at least once a year. Your fridge will last longer and cost less money to keep running!

#5 Keep your fridge and freezer full

A full fridge-freezer needs less energy to keep cold as the items inside maintain the temperature.

Energy saving idea - unplug your devices

You don’t always need to do a food shop to make this happen – simply filling up a jug with water for the fridge will have the same effect, plus this allows you to always have cold water straight from the fridge, saving water when running the tap. To keep your freezer full why not fill the empty spaces with paper?

#6 Keep your fridge and freezer warmer 

Turning your fridge and freezer up by just one degree won’t make any difference to you, but it can save a whole lot of energy over the year.

#7 Defrost frozen food in the fridge 

Not only is this more hygienic to do, the frozen food will help keep your fridge cool meaning that it needs much less power to run.

#8 Be efficient when cooking 

Use lids when boiling pans on the hob and make sure that you’re using the right saucepan on the right ring. This can make a huge difference, speeding up cooking times and using far less energy. Another great tip is to use the whole oven when you’re cooking so that the energy being used to heat the oven isn’t wasted.

#9 Wash clothes on a lower temperature 

Most of your washing can be done at a lower temperature – like 30 degrees – and still provide the same results. Doing this will help to reduce your electricity consumption as your washing machine won’t need to heat the water to such a high temperature.

#10 Air dry wherever possible

Tumble driers can consume huge amounts of electricity. If it’s a nice day, dry your washing outside or leave it to air indoors if it isn’t so nice outside. Be cautious drying clothes directly on the radiator though, as you’ll prevent the heat from spreading through the room, so your heating system will have to work even harder to bring the room up to temperature.

#11 Utilise the sun for warmth and light 

The sun is an excellent form of energy, just look at the renewable electricity we generate from it! Keeping your curtains open during the day can help bring warmth and light into your home, reducing your need for energy required to heat or light your house.

#12 Don’t boil a full kettle

Unless you’re making tea for eight people, there’s not much call to keep the kettle full. Not only does it take longer to boil, it requires more energy to do so – simply filling for roughly the amount you need to use can save you money and time with every cuppa.

#13 Purchase energy efficient appliances 

This is an expensive one to get into, but if you’re upgrading appliances then making sure you get one with a high efficiency rating will help save you money every day that it’s running.

#14 Generate your own electricity 

If you’re really serious about saving electricity in your house, then investing in solar panels or other renewable technology is a great way of doing this. It will take a few years to break even on this investment, but you’ll start saving money on your electricity bills straight away as you can use the electricity you generate rather than taking it from the grid.

#15 Spend less time in the shower 

Especially true if you have an electric shower and a water meter. Spending even a minute less in the shower every day can make a real difference to your annual consumption, although how much will depend on your shower unit.

#16 Set your thermostat a little lower 

While not strictly saving electricity as most homes in the UK use gas for their central heating, setting your thermostat just one degree lower can have significant savings on your energy bill as a whole. 

#17 Open the window instead of using an extractor fan

Zero electricity usage, plenty of fresh air and it stops condensation, what’s not to love? This simple change can make a real difference over the course of a year.

#18 Use the microwave when you can 

Microwaves are far more efficient than traditional ovens as they use less energy and take far less time to achieve the desired results. 

#19 Regularly service your appliances 

Making sure that your boiler, fridge and oven are running as smoothly as possible is key to efficiency.

Energy saving tip - turn the themostat down

Servicing doesn’t always have to come at a cost, things like cleaning the coils on your fridge for example is free, but it can go a long way in making your appliance cheaper to run.

#20 The dishwasher may be better

If you have a new energy efficient dishwasher, you may find that it actually uses less energy and water to use the dishwasher than it does cleaning by hand. This is especially true when running your dishwasher with a full load, as you’d need to be able to wash at least eight full settings plus general serving and cooking utensils in one wash using as little water as possible.

Want to go the next step and make sure that your home is powered by 100% renewable electricity from independent generators found all around the UK? Sign up to Good Energy today and work towards a greener, cleaner future together.

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