These ingenious hacks can help save energy and money with very little effort
If you sometimes leave your phone on standby, or regularly overfill the kettle, you could be missing out on £100s of savings, research reveals.
New research from the Citizens Advice and the Energy Saving Trust has revealed that a third of households have not made any effort to reduce their energy use in recent years.
However, just incorporating a few energy savings tips into your routine could help households make real savings. That’s not to mention the bonus of helping the UK to reach its target of net zero emissions by 2050.
‘If every household in Britain made just a handful of energy-saving changes, the combined impact could make a big difference to our finances and the environment,’ explains Laura McGradie, head of consumer advice at Energy Saving Trust.
If you are stuck in your ways, or not sure where to start saving money on your home energy usage try these simple changes.
Energy saving tips in the home
1. Turn your thermostat down by one degree
Flicking your thermostat dial down from 25 to 24 degrees could save households across the UK £800 million.
2. Switch to LED light bulbs
If all households swapped to LED light bulbs, it could save £230 million a year. It would also help cut down on 430,000 tonnes of carbon emissions a year.
3. Stop leaving things on standby
If you see that red light blinking on the TV that means one thing: stop leaving it on standby! Turning all appliances off properly could save households across the UK £690 million and prevent 1.3 million tonnes of carbon emissions being released.
4. Don’t overfill the kettle
If you are a fan of a brew, make sure you’re only boiling the amount of water you need.
Overfilling the kettle is the biggest drain on the nation’s wallet. If we all only boiled the right amount of water it would save £1.1billion!
The Energy Saving Trust has estimated that acting on just these four changes could save each household £100 a year. The total carbon savings would be the equivalent of taking three million cars off the road.
If you want to cut your energy bill even more drastically, online marketplace eBay has a few simple household swaps that are worth investing in.
Energy saving household swaps
1. Swap the shower head
Save up to 40 per cent water usage by changing to a smart shower head. Modern shower heads use current-limiting technology to save up to 40 per cent water usage, while showering under normal water pressure.
2. Install a smart meter
As part of a government scheme all energy supplies now install smart meters, at no extra cost, to help you keep track on what you are spending. Monitoring your daily household usage will help your be mindful of energy consumption – helping reduce how much we use and therefore costs.
If you’re on a waiting list and need a quick fix to start reading your usage, you can buy independent readers. There’s an initial outlay, but you’ll soon start saving because of it.
3. Block draughts
Why waste the central heating you’re paying good money for. Keep cold draughts out of the house and save on heating bills. A simple draught excluder is a quick, cost-effective way to tackle unwanted winter chills from doors and windows.
5. Invest in a tumble dryer ball
Whilst tumbled sheets and towels is a luxury we’d all love, there can be hidden costs. While being mindful of how much energy the tumble dryer’s using (thanks to the smart meter) to use it less, there are also clever tips and tricks to save further. Did you know a tumble dryer ball can help? The ingenious balls create space between the laundry, airing them and helping reduce the time needed in the dryer.
‘Reducing household energy consumption and the monthly cost of energy is incredibly important to homes up and down the country, who are feeling the pinch’ says Chris Gardner, Head of Home and Garden Trading at eBay. ‘Even the smallest swaps can make an impact on reducing the cost of energy for all of us. Ebay offers plenty of options, for as little as under £10, to choose from.’
Will you be making these simple swaps?