Learning to save electricity to be more energy efficient

How to save electricity

From reading your meters regularly to unplugging your appliances when not in use, there are many small things you can do in your home to save electricity.

Here are two of the main areas where you can have the most impact:

 

Lighting

Be conservative with your lighting by taking advantage of natural light whenever possible and by turning lights off when not in use. This simple act could save as much £13 from your electricity bill each year*.

If you swap all of the light bulbs in your home with energy efficient bulbs, the average household could save around £35 annually*.

 

Appliances 

Upgrading to new energy efficient appliances, as recommended in EU Energy Labels, is the quickest way to reduce your electricity bills. Additionally, there are many things you can do to improve the efficiency of your existing appliances.

 

Fridges and freezers 

Keeping your fridge and freezer full will drastically reduce the amount of electricity it uses. Not having to work as hard to cool the empty spaces, the more you load your fridge and freezer the better.

 

Dishwashers, washing machines and tumble driers 

By limiting use to full loads only, and by turning the temperature settings down by just a few degrees, you can make significant savings.

 

Computers and gadgets 

Unplugging all computers, gadgets and chargers when they’re not in use could save hundreds of pounds in wasted energy each year. 

Rather than leaving TVs on standby, switch the power off at the socket. And instead of enabling your computer’s screensaver mode, put it to sleep or turn off the monitor’s power.

 

*Source: Energy Saving Trust

Information and other materials on this website are not intended to constitute professional advice and should not be relied upon. Please see our Terms of Use for further details.

Related articles


What is a smart meter explained

Smart meters

A national upgrade scheme is underway to install a smart meter in every British home and small business by 2020.    What is a smart...
How to save gas tips

How to save gas

In winter one of the biggest expenses homeowners face is rising gas bills. Help keep your home warm and save money by following these simple...
How to save water to save money and energy

How to save water

There are many measures you can take to reduce the amount of water you consume. Saving water can help lower your utility bills and make your home more...