If you’re struggling to pay your energy bills, fear not, as there’s plenty that can be done to reduce your carbon footprint and lower your outgoings. Simple changes can make a big difference and with the energysavingtrust.co.uk leading the Big Energy Saving Week from 20-24th October 2014, now’s the perfect time to think about the environment and hold onto your hard-earned cash.
With this in mind, why not make a pledge to:
Turn your thermostat down by one degree
The UK is renowned for its harsh winters, but as the cold spell approaches it’s essential to think about your heating options. Wrapping up warm is one way to keep out the chill but if you have to turn the central heating on, try lowering your thermostat by just one degree. According to the Energy Saving Trust, this will save around £75 and 310kg carbon dioxide a year and is well worth doing throughout the cold months – after all, would you even notice one degree?
Save money on hot water
If you’re looking to save money on your hot water bills there are many things you can do from heating water only when you need it to insulating your hot water cylinder. Moreover, it’s also a good idea to check out the wide range of water saving products on the market including energy-efficient shower heads and gadgets that reduce the water flow helping you to be more economical. You could even buy a waterproof egg timer and limit your showers to just five minutes.
Think about your lighting
Lighting accounts for around seven per cent of a typical household’s energy bills but with a little innovation and forward thinking savings can be made. The right light bulb, for instance, can reduce your outgoings, so try switching from halogens to LEDs. The latter might be more expensive to start with but they’re far more energy-efficient and will stand the test of time allowing you to see the benefits a bit further down the line. Moreover, as the nights draw in and the days get shorter don’t forget to turn the lights off when you leave a room and be conscious of how many lights you have on at the same time. Use a sensor and timer on external lights and unplug all lamps when not in use.
Turn all appliances off standby
Leaving electrical appliances on standby may seem convenient, but you could be wasting between £40 and £80 a year on electricity bills. To stop this from happening, always turn your television off at the plug and make sure all other items that are not in use are unplugged or switched off at the wall. If leaving everything on standby is a habit that’s hard to break, you might want to invest in an intelligent mains controller. This will ensure all equipment linked to your TV such as DVD players, games consoles and such like are automatically switched off with your TV.
Saving energy is easier than you might think so why not give these tips a try?