Energy saving tips
Updated: Mar 7
Top ways to save energy at home
Did you know that . . .
The average household spends around £1,254 a year on heating and power, according to Ofgem, the industry regulator. That makes energy one of the biggest annual costs for UK families
How much energy does the average household use? The average home in the UK, containing four occupants, now uses approximately 13 electronic appliances (including TVs, laptops and IOT devices). That’s a huge leap compared to 1990, when just four appliances were typically used, according to the Energy Consumption in the UK (ECUK) 2017 report.
Yet despite owning more appliances, we still use roughly the same amount of energy as we did two decades ago, meaning our gadgets have become more energy efficient over time. But, there’s still a lot you can do to reduce energy consumption – and save money. Here, Ben Carter Electrical Contracting Services take a look at some of the best ways you can become more energy efficient in your home. How to save electricity There are a few simple changes you can make around the home that could help cut down your average electricity usage. This can include using more efficient gadgets and appliances, from energy-saver lightbulbs to A+++ rated dishwashers, as well as changing old appliances, and avoiding wasted power by switching unused devices off at the wall.
How to save gas There are also things you can do to save on gas bills, such as updating and upgrading your gas appliances to more efficient models or installing a smart thermostat to help you track and manage your usage and have more control over your gas-powered central heating.
How to save energy The energy saving tips below give you some ideas that will help you save gas and electricity at home.
1. Turn off standby appliances Turn appliances off directly at the plug could help you save an average of £30 a year.
You can even use plug sockets that can be turned on and off via your phone, to make sure you switch unused appliances off. You could use cheaper timer plugs to schedule turning appliances off. We can install these types of plugs for you should you be looking to make your home more energy friendly.
2. Install a smart thermostat and manage it from your smart device. Smart thermostats really are clever, they can make your heating more efficient by only warming the rooms you are using. They learn how long it takes to heat your home, so they can have it at the right temperature at exactly the right time for you. They can also be controlled by your smartphone, which means you won’t have to come back to a cold home. If you installed room thermostats, programmers and thermostatic radiator valves, you could save around £75 a year, which is holiday deposit when you think about it.
3. Turn down your thermostat This might come as a surprise to you, but almost half the money spent on energy bills is absorbed by heating and hot water costs. Did you know that turning your heating down by just one degree could save up to £80 a year. Putting a jumper on could be the difference.
4. Buy efficient appliances Throwing out a perfectly good appliance won’t save you much money, but when it is time to swap, going for one with a high energy-efficiency rating can could end up being a sound investment. Some things to think about:
An A+++ washing will traditionally use £65 less energy than an A+ one over an 11-year duration.
A modern, efficient dishwasher will typically cost around £7 less a year to run compared to an older model.
An A+++ fridge freezer will save around £320 in energy bills over its lifetime compared to an A+ model.
5. Be smarter about water consumption You can save around £25 a year by washing up in a bowl rather than using a running tap.
Buying a more efficient shower head can save you as much as £18 per person a year on energy bills, plus an additional amount if you have a water meter. If you fit a shower timer in your bathroom, you could save up to £7 per person each year by cutting just one minute off every shower.
6. Install a new boiler You can save energy by upgrading your old boiler to a new A-rated condensing boiler with a programmer, thermostatic radiator control and room thermostat. Based on fuel prices from March 2019, a detached house in the North West upgrading from a G-rated boiler could save around £300 a year.
7. Wash clothes at a lower temperature Did you know, washing at 30 degrees rather than 40 degrees can help reduce your energy usage, and if you can cut out one wash cycle per week you’ll clip £5 off your annual energy bill. It all adds up.
8. Invest in double glazing Double glazing not only insulates your home from the cold and helps reduce your heating bill, it also helps with keeping the noise out.
If your semi-detached home is entirely single glazed, you could save as much as £110 a year by installing A-rated double glazing. You can also get help to buy grants to help out with double glazing.
9. Make sure your roof is properly insulated. Insulating your roof can stop heat escaping from your home. However the process can be at times complicated so it may be best to employ an expert to do this. Ben Carter Electrical Contracting Services has contacts with a number of roofers in the Southport and Merseyside area and we can help you find the best one for your situation.
While insulating your loft can cost several hundreds of pounds, it can also shave around £135 off your energy bills each year if you live in a typical semi-detached house.
10. Draught-proof your premises or property. A cold draught can cause your home or business property to lose heat, which makes it more tempting to turn the heating up. Draught excluders or draught-proofing kits are a traditional good way to prevent this.
Seal cracks in floors and skirting boards, line your letterbox and block an unused chimney to reduce your heating bills by up to £35 a year.
If you don't have double glazing, you can buy plastic lining for your windows to save energy and keep more heat in.
For more information on any of the above, and to make sure your home is winter ready from an electrical point of view.