Ways to save energy: energy choices at home

Certain appliances and methods use more energy than others when you’re cooking, cleaning and staying warm. If your electricity bill has prompted you to look for ways to save energy at home, these handy tips will help you.

1 Hob or oven? It’s difficult to give definitive figures because appliances vary. However, it’s safe to say your hob uses less energy than your oven. So if you can cook on top with the same results, we recommend it to save energy and make a positive impact on your electricity bill.

2 Microwave or hob? According to uSwitch, microwave is the most energy-efficient way to cook food, followed by hob and then oven. Turning the microwave off when not in use will save even more energy.

3 Shower or bath? Sometimes only a bath will do. But if you’re serious about wanting to save energy, a shower is faster, cheaper and more efficient.

4 Warm or hot wash? High laundry temperatures aren’t always necessary. Washing your clothes at 30° instead of 40° can lead to energy savings.

5 Electric or gas for a cuppa? When it comes to kettles, as long as you’re boiling just the quantity of water you need and you switch off the gas as soon as it’s boiled, a kettle on the hob is cheaper and more efficient than an electric one.

6 LED or CFL lightbulbs? The two most energy efficient light bulbs are compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs). Out of the two, LEDs are the most efficient. According to the Energy Saving Trust, you could save £35 a year on your electricity bill by replacing all traditional light bulbs in your house with LEDs.

7 Off or standby? If you leave appliances, TVs etc on standby when not in use, you’re still using electricity. Switch them off and you might be surprised at the savings on your electricity bill.

8 Standard or smart? There are all kinds of small ways to reduce your energy usage and costs. Ultimately, the best way to gain full control of your energy use is with a smart meter.

EDF Energy smart meters are brought to your home by the Smart Installation Society. As well as installing your meter, they will show you how to use and get the best out of it.  

If you choose, your smart meter can come complete with an in-home display (IHD) that makes it easy to monitor your usage and your spend as well as offering a range of smart features like daily, weekly or monthly comparisons. Your smart meter installer will show you how to use it. See how your smart meter display can help you save money on your electricity and gas bills in our short smart meter video.

7 Can you get Warm Home Discount? This government-led scheme gives eligible customers a one-off £140 rebate towards their energy costs. If you are receiving Pension Credit, you automatically qualify for the Warm Home Discount rebate, provided your name is on your energy bill and on 9 July 2017, you were getting the Guaranteed Credit element of Pension Credit. But if you don’t automatically qualify, you can still apply. Visit our Warm Home Discount page to find out if you're eligible. You can still apply here.

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