Use less energy with your devices
Whether this is leaving them on standby or charging them throughout the night, you can save a lot of energy by ensuring you unplug your devices once fully charged and turning appliances completely off.
Also, try to adjust the brightness of your screens too and switch to ‘battery saving mode’, if your device has this function. This will mean you can use your gadgets for longer, without having to charge as often.
Use less energy in the kitchen
Take advantage of utilising your microwave, rather than your oven. Food can be cooked in minutes, shaving a huge amount of time off and helping you to save energy. A slow cooker can also be an energy saving prop, as you can create delicious home-cooked meals by simply popping the ingredients in and leaving to cook. Most slow cookers only use slightly more energy than a regular lightbulb. If possible, always try and make toast in a separate toaster, rather than under the grill.
Defrosting your fridge and freezer on a regular basis also aids in using less energy in the kitchen. Excess ice within your appliances means that they may not work as efficiently, meaning they have to work harder by using more energy.
Another top tip is to make sure you don’t fill the kettle excessively, especially if you’re only making a single cup of tea. It’s a huge waste of energy to boil water you don’t need.
Use less energy whilst showering
Washing your hair fewer times per week is a great way to cut back on energy costs and timing yourself in the shower can be an effective way of managing your water usage.
You could also invest in a high efficiency shower head and a dual flush toilet. Both of these options allow you to use less water, saving on energy costs.
Use less energy to heat your home
Make a conscious decision to turn your heating down to lower than you would normally have it. Even a couple of degrees cooler will help you save on costs, but won’t leave you in the cold.
We don’t want to sound boring, but wrapping up warmer and wearing slippers and an extra layer around the house can also make a real difference to the amount of energy you need to utilise.
Use less energy by installing more insulation
Draught proofing your home and adding better insulation is a great way to save on energy costs. Whether you take small measures, such as buying draught excluders, or choose to invest in attic / loft insulation, these smart choices can make a lot of difference to your energy bills.
Repairing any failed double glazing is also a great way to keep insulation costs down and energy bills at bay. Whether you’ve noticed excess condensation, misted up panes, or broken hinges and locks, all of these can contribute or be a sign of energy loss in the home. Contact your local branch of Cloudy2Clear today for more information.
See more of our top tips here for saving energy in your home.