- Ditch The Oven
Use the microwave instead of the oven for cooking your meals. You’ll save a fortune in electricity as the amount of energy used to power your microwave is nothing compared to heating up your oven AND it takes less time. It’s a win-win situation!
- Turn It Off
A cracking (no pun intended) tip for saving electricity at home is using the residual heat on a hob and in your pots and pans is a very under used tip. When boiling and egg, bring the water to the boil and switch the hob off and leave for 5 minutes for soft or 7 minutes for hard. This is for a gas ring – it is even less for an electric hob!
- Remember – You must leave the lid on!
- Turn It Down
Set your home’s thermostat a few degrees lower. For each one-degree change, your family can save up to 5 percent on your home’s energy bills! Wow, I bet I wouldn’t even notice a one-degree change – would you or your family? Give it a go!
- Be Time Smart
Use machines like washers, dryers, and dishwashers in off peak times. You may be on an off peak tariff where using electricity at certain times is cheaper – If so, this tip could save you £££
- Get Cosy!
Wearing more jumpers, socks and slippers around the house, and putting an extra blanket on the bed means you won’t be tempted to turn the heating up – Any excuse to buy more accessories!
- Check The Pressure
When your shower uses more energy and water than a bath. Turn down the pressure on your power shower and you could see this being an easy way to reduce your electricity bill. A high-pressure power shower is a great luxury to have but you’d be surprised how much water and energy they use.
- Easy Ways To Save Electricity? Do A Tariff Check
Make sure you are on the correct tariff. Use companies like USwitch to make sure you’re on the cheapest tariff for you. It only takes a few minutes, they do all the paperwork for you and you could save up to £458 per year. That’s just under £40 per month for ten minutes’ work!
- Switch It Off And Save
It’s the ultimate power saver and it’s simple – unplug all the appliances that you aren’t using regularly – even chargers continue to use electricity when they aren’t charging anything.
Don’t leave anything on stand-by as this wastes phantom power.
- Save Yourself Ironing Time…and Electricity! This is a total no-brainer.
Take your clothes out of the dryer before they’re completely dry – they’ll iron much quicker and you’ll use less energy on your drier.
- Shrink Your Bills Not Your Clothes!
90% of a washing machine’s energy expenditure is spent on heating the water, so if you wash your clothes at a cooler temperature you’re saving significant amounts of money.
- Keep A Lid On It!
Keep the lid on the pan when boiling water – doing so will trap heat in the pan requiring less energy to bring the liquid to a boil…it will also boil faster. This tip is courtesy of my Mum who has always done this…even before it was cool to save electricity.
- Residual Heat
Turn off oven a few minutes before food is finished cooking – the retained heat will finish off the food saving you money and energy. This is particularly good to know during the warmer summer months when turning the oven off early means the kitchen can cool down a bit more quickly.
- Get Your Dusters Out!
Did you know that dust that settles on light bulbs and fixtures can obscure the light by up to 25%?! That’s a quarter of the energy you are paying for being wasted.
- Lower The Temperature On Your Dishwasher
Dishwashers with heaters will let you lower the water temperature the dishes are washed at,the dishwasher tablets we use work well using lower temperatures. Remember – lower temperatures = savings on electricity.
- And Your Washing Machine
While we are on the subject, wash clothes on a cold or cool wash. Detergents not work just as well on low temps – and will save you tonnes of electricity too
- Clean the Filter
Don’t forget to clean the lint out our your drier – it’ll be more efficient and reduced the risk of a fire too. We would recommend after every use giver the filter a little clean, but as often as possible to optimise the energy you use
- Get Smart
Get a Smart Meter fitted – they are free by most energy companies and They come with a smart energy monitor that shows you how much energy you’re using in pounds and pence, as you use it. Brilliant for saving electricity in the home.
Don’t boil more water than you need in your kettle. Easy way to do it is to fill the cup you are using with water, throw that amount of water in the kettle and easy – you have the perfect amount boiled. No wasting energy!
- Also, make sure you are free of lime scale – this can also have an effect on efficiency.
- Shut Windows During Winter
This may seem a bit obvious but, it’s a wonderful way to save money around the house, if the heating is on and you are letting all the hot air escape straight out of the window then you are wasting energy and money!
- Open Your Windows
Open windows instead of using the extractor fan while cooking – no electricity used, no cost!
- Stock Up Your Freezer
Fill your freezer up – it uses less energy since the frozen food won’t warm up when the door is opened. If the freezer is empty, then all the space will fill up with warm air when the door is opened, which the freezer needs to work hard to cool down when the door is shut again.
- Get The Vacuum Out
A brilliant tip on maximising the efficiency of your fridge is to vacuum the coils on the back of the fridge. These coils cool and condense the refrigerant and get clogged up with dust and dirt making it work harder and therefore using excess energy. It will also extend the life of your refrigerator. Try and do this once a year to make it really effective
- Little Pan – Little Hob
Try and match the size of the hob to the right pot or pan – putting a small pan on a huge burner or electric hob will just waste energy..
- Put A Plug In It
Fill the sink with hot water before you shave or wash your face. Using a sink full rather than a running tap is better because you will use significantly less energy. A zero cost power saving device!
- Turn The TV OffAnd Improve Energy Efficiency
Watch less television – read a book instead! Reading a book is proven to be more relaxing than watching TV and a book doesn’t require electricity to run. (Unless it is a Kindle…No need to be a clever clogs!)
- It’s a Glass Act
Use glass and ceramic dishes if cooking in the oven, they retain heat better and mean that you can use a slightly lower temperature to cook food and save yourself a load of electricity and cheaper than most energy efficiency appliances!
- No Peeping
Resist the urge to peep in the oven to see if the food is cooking (especially your Yorkshire Puddings!) and letting all that expensive hot air escaping. Try to use the window in the oven instead.
- Same With The Fridge
In the same vein as the above try to avoid opening the fridge or freezer to browse – every time you do, the appliance will need to fire up to cool down the air again.
- No Hot Food In The Fridge
Allow cooked food to cool before putting it in the fridge / freezer, otherwise the fridge / freezer will have to work much harder and use more electricity to cool it down.
- Turn The Brightness DownAnd Save Electric
Dim the brightness on your smart phone, it will use less energy so you won’t need to charge it so much (especially important if you have an IPhone
- Also, turn off the Bluetooth/ 4G etc – this will extend your charge too.
- Think About Where You Put Your Lamps
Place your lamp in the corner of the room – It will be brighter because of the refection off the two walls.
- Use More Lamps
Use task lighting over your work bench or desk to save electricity on illuminating a full room is a brill way to reduce electricity consumption.
- Fridge Location Matters!
Ensure that your fridge is out of direct sunlight and that it is not close to the oven. If possible, place the fridge against an outside wall so that the heat that it generates can escape easily. Make sure there are a few inches around the it free so air can circulate making it run more efficiently.
- Help The Fridge Help Itself
A fabulously frugal tip is to defrost your food in the fridge, as it thaws it helps keep the fridge cooler using less energy. Simples!
It is probably a good time to remind you never to put hot or warm food in the fridge to cool down. It dramatically increases the temperature in the fridge and uses lots of energy trying to cool it down again. Leave the covered food on the bench until it has reached room temperature and then refrigerate it.