2. Kitchen - reduce your energy use even when cooking and washing up
Stop the frost. Defrost your fridge freezer regularly to prevent it from using more energy than needed.
Clean behind your fridge and freezer. Dusty condensing coils (used to cool and condense) can trap air and create heat - not what you want for your fridge. Keep them clean, and they'll stay cool, using less energy.
Use smaller pans. The smaller your pan, the less heat you'll need. Using the right size pan for your meal means less energy wasted.
Keep saucepan lids on. Your food will heat up faster which means you could save 124kW of electricity a year.
Fill the dishwasher before each cycle. Make sure your dishwasher is full and set to an economy setting. Using your dishwasher for one less cycle per week for a year could save you £17.
Only boil the water you need. Overfilling the kettle wastes water, money and time. Instead, only boil as much water as you need. This can save up to 83kW of electricity a year.
3. Bathroom - energy saving ideas for your bathroom
Did you know that about 12% of a typical gas-heated home's energy bill is from heating the water for showers, baths and water from the hot tap? [Source Energy Savings Trust 02/02/2022]
Here are some quick ways to save water and money on your energy bills
- Consider a water meter. Depending on your water provider and water usage, you could save with a water meter. Find out who supplies your water and contact them to find out more.
- Shower rather than a bath. Swapping just one bath a week with a 4-minute shower will reduce the amount of hot water you use and you could save up to £20 per year.
- Switch to an energy-efficient showerhead. An energy-efficient shower head could reduce the amount of water you use even further. When you're using less water, you need less energy to heat it.
4. Home lighting and electronics - keep the lights on for less
- Change your light bulbs. Fitting LED bulbs is a great way to reduce energy use at home. Energy Saving Trust estimates it'd cost an average home around £100 to replace all its bulbs but cost £35 less a year in energy.
- Switch off the lights. Every time you leave a room, switch the lights off. This could save you about £25 a year.
- Invest in A-rated appliances. If you're in the market for new home electricals, be sure to check the energy rating. The better the rating the more efficient the appliance, so the more you'll save in the long term. Replacing very old fridges or freezers can have a quick payback time with the energy savings.
5. Don't pay more - Check if your energy tariff is the best for you
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