5 Energy Saving Tips you should know
Here’re 5 energy saving Tips that’ll help you save and also protect the environment. There are plenty more, get in touch with one of our London Electricians for further advise.
Turning down your thermostat by just 1⁰ can save between £60 and £90 a year. So dig out those woolly jumpers and thick socks and avoid the temptation to turn the thermostat back up when the temperature drops.
It is also important to only heat the rooms you want to, when you need to. To help improve the efficiency of your heating it is worth having room thermostats, programmers and thermostatic radiator valves installed so that you can control the heat in different areas of the house. Used properly these could save you between £80 and £165 a year. (Equally, it is important you fully understand your thermostat and heating system as some systems benefit from being kept on constantly at a low heat rather than switching it on and off – for example underfloor heating.)
As refreshing and luxurious as it is standing under a deluge of water it is important to remember that a high pressure power shower can use as much water as a bath. Therefore either turn the pressure down or fit a water efficient shower head which reduces hot water usage whilst retaining the sensation of a powerful shower. According to the Energy Saving Trust such a shower head could save a four person household about £67 a year on gas for water heating as well as a further £100 on water bills if you have a water meter. Also spending one minute less in the shower every day saves £10 off your energy bill per person, per year and £15 off a metered water bill. A four person household could therefore save £100 a year.
There is a great deal of debate about whether 30⁰ washes can clean clothes effectively but there is no doubt that turning down the thermostat on the washing machine means it uses about 40% less energy than on a hot wash.
LED spotlights have improved significantly since they were first introduced. They are now bright, warm and incredibly energy efficient. Although they are more expensive to buy than halogen lamps they use 80% less energy and the Energy Saving Trust calculates that replacing a 50W halogen down light with a 6W LED will save approximately £70 over the lifetime of the bulb. Multiply that by the number of LEDs in your home and that is a significant saving. Read more about how can you save by upgrading to LED here.
Switch off standby
Simply turning all your appliances off standby mode can save around £30 a year. It is also important to turn everything off at the plug when you are not using it – including chargers which continue to use electricity when they aren’t charging. Have more questions? Contact us and one of our expert London electricians would be in touch to help you further.