7 Quick and Easy Energy Efficiency Tips

Being more energy efficient in your home could help you save money on your annual heating bills. It can also help to reduce your carbon footprint.

Whether you choose to make small one-off changes or invest in larger, more permanent measures, there are several things you can do.

 

Here’s a selection of energy efficiency quick wins

 

  • Use a bowl to wash up rather than running the tap and save £25 a year*1.
  • Only fill the kettle with the amount of water you need and save up to £7 annually*2.
  • Do one less load of laundry each week and save £5 a year on energy, and up to £8 on metered water bills*.

 

There are savings to be had in other areas of the home too. Did you know that the average home wastes as much as £30 a year by leaving appliances on standby*?

 

  • Washing your clothes at 30˚C uses around 40% less electricity over a year than washing at 40˚C or higher. That’s a £6 annual saving*2.
  • Turning your thermostat down by just 1˚C can save up to £80 per year*2.
  • Spending one minute less in the shower each day will reduce your energy bills by around £7 each year, per person*3.
  • Replacing a traditional 100W incandescent lightbulb with an equivalent LED will save around £6 per year, or £170 over the lifetime of the bulb*4.

  

To learn more about how you can save energy in the home, read our energy saving guides.

  

*source: Energy Savings Trust

*1 Based on filling 4 x 8 Litre washing up bowls a day rather than running the kitchen tap at 6 litres a minute for 10 minutes

*2 Based on a 3-bed, semi-detached home with an 82% efficient gas boiler

*3 Based on a power shower with a flow rate of 16 litres a minute, assuming 5 showers per week

*4 Includes the avoided replacement costs of halogen bulbs, which have a shorter lifespan than LEDs

All British savings are based on an average gas tariff of 4.18p/ kWh and electricity tariff of 13.86p/kWh. Water savings are based on an average combined water and sewerage cost of £2.82/m3. 


 

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