Energy saving tips for you in 2023

Within a world of high energy costs, it goes without saying that the cost-of-living crises has hit hard. Being weary and worried about energy bills increasing is a perfectly normal response. As of June 2023, 92% of households have had a steep increase in their energy bills along with food and other necessary expenditure.

This is a perfect time to save what you can throughout the warmer months when the heating is lower or even off most of the time. Having to plan in advance for the winter months is essential when keeping the costs down.

A world of pretty much everything increasing only sees one thing decreasing. The amount of household disposable income. A fall of 4.3% on average is the largest drop since the 1950’s.

Read below to see our best tips and tricks to keep your energy bills as low as possible and save you money.

Energy saving lightbulbs:

The days of Halogen or Incandescent lightbulbs are over, the use substantially more energy than an LED bulb. This is due to around 90% of the old-style bulb’s energy is immitted as heat!

With lighting equating to around 15% of total energy consumption, by replacing all your bulbs to LED could see a vast decrease in energy usage over time. LED bulbs also last around 5-10x longer than a halogen with some lasting up to 20 years. The average household could save over £100 per year just by changing all the bulbs across the house.

(Tip– Power of these LED bulbs are measured in Lumens. If the packaging states 1,000+ Lumens, this equates to 75-100 Watts in traditional bulbs).

Household draft prevention:

This is such a simple process, and one that gets overlooked a lot of the time. Take some time to track down any drafts in your home. These often appear around window frames, doors, letterboxes, and lofts (Lofts also cause large drafts but we will cover this on its own below-It’s an easy one).

(Tip– chimneys are drafty by definition, just by covering the opening up when the fire is not in use makes a huge difference).

You can prevent these from happening easily with some simple products such as door seals, draught excluders, self-adhesive strips, and door thresholds. All these products are fairly cheap in comparison to some energy saving products on the market and will make a difference in bills but also make your home feel more comfortable. 

(Tip-Get this all done in the summer months preparing your home for winter!)

Turn your thermostat down:

This may seem like an obvious one but by turning down your thermostat by just 1 degree can save over £120 per year on average. This is a huge saving for such a small change, Energy Saving Trust recommends you should set it to the “lowest comfortable temperature”.

(Tip-A thermostat set to 18 degrees Celsius is the ample temperature stated by the World Health Organisation).

Don’t overfill your kettle:

This is a massive waste of energy for a lot of households out there. Kettles use a vast amount of energy and lots of it is wasted when the kettle is over filled. According to Ideal Home, Kettles that are full take around 3.5 minutes and can cost around 7-10p per boil. Where-as if the kettle is boiling just 2 cups full of water, it will take an average of 40-50 seconds and not use an much energy. This will cost around 1.75p. A small amount of money, yet a huge difference between the two figures.

(Tip-once the kettle has been boiled, fill it back up to where it was, a couple of cups full. This will warm up slowly due to the remaining water being boiling and the kettle itself being hot and retaining the heat. This will lead to less energy used next time it’s boiled).

Wash fuller loads on a lower setting:

Washers and Dishwasher actually work much more efficiently with full loads-they are designed for this. They want their product to be as energy efficient as possible, so having them half full on a 40-degree wash is just a waste of energy intern your money. 

Save money by putting full loads on an ECO or 30-degree wash. This will lead to lower bills and the washer being on less, the same goes with the dishwasher.

(Tip-When purchasing a new washing machine, make sure to check the energy rating of the product. Anything B or above on the scale is good).

Unplug all unused devices:

There are many devices in this current day and age that we rely on that require constant sources of power when used. TV’s, hair straighteners, smartphone chargers etc. This, in the industry is called “vampire energy consumption”. When products are burning energy when on stand-by or not in use. Would you believe that it can equate to up to 20% of your monthly bills!

Turn off devices that can use this energy when possible.

(Tip-Another reason to keep these off is to reduce the wear and tear on the item itself, constant power into a stand-by TV for example will make the TV last less time in its lifecycle).

Change your shower head:

Water-saving shower heads are a great use of energy reduction. They allow less water to pass through along with more air intern reducing the heat and water amount. These are incredibly easy to fit to most showers and are worth considering for any household.

(Tip-Did you know that every resident in the UK is entitled to one installation and supply of a water-saving gadget in 2023. This depends on the area you live and what is available, but something will be offered by your water supplier. These are sometimes given as Tap Aerators. Check your supplier here and contact them today).

Loft insulation:

Possibly the biggest cost saving you can do to your property, fitting or renewing your loft insulation can have a dramatic effect on your household bills. The average saving on bills is £250 per year.

The Energy Saving Trust estimates around 25% of your energy’s heat can be lost through the roof if not insulated correctly. This can be a quick fix to reduce heating bills substantially.

This may sound like an expensive or intimidating job, but it really is one of the fastest returns on investments you can make for your home. With the average professional cost being between £280-£400 depending on your house, you should see this money back in savings within 24 months.

Can you do it yourself?

This also can be done substantially cheaper if done yourself, this however, comes with its own risks and issues.

The main areas of concern with doing it yourself are you need to cover up all areas of exposed skin and wear a mask throughout the process. The irritation caused by exposing yourself to insulation can cause serious discomfort or hospitalisation.

It’s a fairly easy job to do yourself if:

  • The joists in your loft are a regular distance apart, some houses have non-standard width joists which can result in having to cut the insulation to fit.
  • You can get into your loft easily and safely without risk of injury.
  • You have a sloping roof with ample head room for movement.
  • Your loft has no serious damp or condensation. If it has, then a professional will need to make any repairs needed as it could be a leaking roof.

(Tip-If your loft currently has insulation, it’s worth measuring the depth. If it is less that 270-300mm then it can be topped up. Either placing fresh insulation over the top of the old or disposing of the old and in with the new!)

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