Here at Reds Skip Hire we’re always committed to cutting down on waste, and today we’re taking a look at how to save money at home.
With electricity and gas prices always on the rise, we’ve decided to take a look at ten easy ways which you can try to save a little bit of energy at home, and hopefully keep those bills down.
And of course, the benefits of saving energy are two-fold, because it’ll also be helping to save the environment!
Use energy-efficient appliances
When you’re purchasing new appliances for your home, make sure to look out for ones which are especially energy-efficient.
Most white goods and kitchen appliances will have an energy-efficiency rating on their label, ranging from A+ to G.
However, many appliances are either A+ or A, so if you want to look for another marker, there are a number of other labels which you can look out for such as EU energy efficiency labels and appliances specific ones, which you can read more about at Which.co.uk.
And energy efficient light bulbs
Energy efficient light bulbs are a cheap and easy way to instantly start saving energy in your home, and according to this article from The Telegraph, they can wind up saving you as much as £240 a year.
They’re also ten times as efficient as your standard filament light bulb, using a much lower wattage.
While there has been some concern about the safety of CFL and LED light bulbs due to their mercury content, as you can see from this National Geographic article, only a tiny fraction is actually released if the bulbs break.
Install a programmable thermostat
One of the problems with a thermostat which you have with a thermostat which you have to manually change is that you can often forget, and end up using far more energy than you need to.
However, a programmable thermostat will automatically adjust the temperature to your daily schedule, and save you as much as 15% a year on your heating costs.
Making sure that your home is properly insulated will also go a long way to saving money and energy, and according to the Energy Saving Trust, you can save as much as £455 and 1,900 kg of carbon dioxide a year by insulating the solid walls on a detached home, or £260 and 1,100 kg on a semi-detached.
Improving your insulation will slow the flow of air between the inside and outside of the home, and the easiest place to add insulation is up in the attic.
You can read more about exactly how much can save here.
Use less water
Using less water will obviously save on your water bill, but also on your gas or electric if you cut down on your hot water usage.
How can you do this? A couple of the best ways are to have shorter showers and be conscious of how much water you’re using when doing the washing up or preparing meals.
You could also save a lot by lowering the temperature of your hot water, with this LifeHacker article suggesting 49˚C is enough.
Improve window insulation
While obviously, the best thing to do is to have double glazing installed, this can be an expensive option and one which you might not be able to jump into doing straight away.
If this is the case, you can try using secondary glazing film as a cheap alternative to help keep draughts out.
Check out this article from This is Money on how you can benefit from using glazing film (or even just normal cling film!).
Cut down on standby power
Did you know that even when your electrical appliances and products are turned off, they’re still using a huge amount of energy?
In fact, around 75% of an appliance’s power could be being used while it is turned off. The simple way to eliminate this is to unplug appliances from the mains when you’re not using them.
Do your washing at a lower temperature
While most people do their clothes washing at a temperature of 40˚C, you can easily get away with dropping down to 30˚C, only using higher temperatures when you’re really struggling to get a stain out.
In fact, this article from Which? suggests that doing your washing as low as 20˚C might be acceptable.
Use a pressure cooker
Cooking using a pressure cooker actually can take as much as half of the time as it would take to cook a meal in a traditional oven.
If you find that you miss that crispiness that the oven gives, you can always pop it in the oven for 10-15 minutes afterwards.
Be smart with your heating
Instead of simply turning your heating on or off when you’re feeling too hot or cold, try turning it on 15-30 minutes early so that it has time to reach your chosen temperature, and then turn it off 30 minutes before you go out of go to bed, and the heat that’s already been built up will keep you warm for the rest of the day.
For more energy and waste saving tips be sure to keep checking the blog here at Reds Skip Hire!