You can make your home more energy-efficient by making small changes in how you use your energy or by spending a little in the short term to make greater future savings. 
 

Small changes you can start today:
 

  • Switch off from the mains to save. Familiar with the red ‘standby’ light? You might be surprised to learn that the average UK household spends around £30 per year on their appliances left on standby.(1)
     

  • Fully load your dishwasher. Always remember that you use the same amount of energy whether you load one cup or all the cutlery used to serve a Sunday roast in the dishwasher.
     
  • Dial down the degrees on your clothes wash. Next time you put clothes in the washing machine, set the wash to 30° to save 40% of electricity.(1)
     

  • Hang your clothes out to dry. Hanging your clothes out to dry is more energy-efficient than a tumble dryer and can save you up to £30 per year.(1)
     

  • Clean and defrost your fridge-freezer. Remember to defrost and clean your fridge-freezer regularly – this will help your appliance to work more efficiently.

Energy-efficient appliances

Upgrading your home appliances can be costly. However, if you choose wisely, you can save on your energy bills in the long term. The important thing to check when you’re buying a new appliance is its rating. 

Under current EU law, all appliances you will buy must carry an energy-efficiency label. 


Ratings from A-G


The ratings go from A (green and most efficient) to G (red and least efficient). 

How do energy efficiency labels work?

Energy ratings are given to products based on their size. Therefore, two differently sized appliances with the same energy rating will use different amounts of electricity. an A+++ fridge freezer compared to an A+ model could save you as much as £200 and 580kg of CO2 over the appliance's lifetime.(1)

Be savvier with the energy efficiency of your appliances

Invest more in your appliances now to make long term savings in the future.

 

Energy-efficient kitchen

Cooker. Choose an oven with an A+ rating. A pyrolytic function can also be an energy-intensive means of cleaning which can contribute to higher running costs. 

Microwave. They provide a much more energy-efficient way of cooking food as unlike ovens they only heat your food and not the air-space inside. 

Dishwasher. Choose an A+++ rating as they cost around £7 less to run than the lowest rated dishwashers that you can buy of the same size, and they use less water.

Fridge Freezer. It’s best to choose an A+++ fridge freezer as it’s the one appliance that has to be switched on 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Energy-efficient bathroom

Toilet. If you choose a dual flush toilet, you can save water and energy. A dual-flush means you only use the water you need, so you lower your impact on the environment and save money on your water bills.

Insulation. When a bathroom's properly sealed, you need less energy to keep it warm. If you're remodelling, skimping on insulation is a false economy.

 

Energy-efficient bedroom

Lighting. Invest in smart lighting to create a warm ambience made for a cosy night in. Not only that, but smart bulbs last up to 25,000 hours and use significantly less energy than a traditional light bulb. 

Energy-efficient living room

Television. The larger the screen, the more energy you’ll consume. However, you can make a saving of around £20 per year if you opt for an A++ over an A-rated screen. 

Smart speakers. These generally cost around £5 per year to run and are often left on standby mode. It’s worth considering whether you need to have your speaker switched on all day. 

How smart meters help with energy efficiency

One of the best ways to become more energy efficient is by installing a smart meter. Keep your daily costs at the front of your mind and be in control of your energy usage. With a smart meter, you can see your energy use in pounds and pence, in near-real-time. You’ll also receive automatic readings, so you'll no longer have to put up with inconvenient meter readings. Best of all, you'll never have an estimated bill again. You simply pay for the energy you use.


Are you interested in getting a smart meter? See if there are appointments available in your area.

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