There are many ways to be more energy-efficient at home and most will cost you nothing. Here are our top free energy saving tips:
- Can you turn down your main thermostat by 1°? The recommended temperature is 18°
- Try a hot water bottle instead of an electric blanket, it’s cheaper and keeps you just as warm
- Keep extra blankets nearby, so you can throw them on if you feel cold at night
- Turn your lights off when you’re not using them
- How many lights do you have on in a room? If you have the main light on, do you need the lamp on too?
- Keep bulbs clean. A layer of dust will cut down on the light it offers
- Only fill the kettle with the amount of water that you need
- Boil water quickly in the kettle, then transfer to a pan on the hob for steaming and boiling vegetables or pasta
- Always use the right sized pan for your cooking ring and remember to cover your pots and pans – using less energy to heat your food
- Wash at 30° instead of 40°or 60°
- Don’t wash up under a running tap and avoid rinsing your plates, as this wastes excess water
- Where possible, dry your washing outside. Don’t hang washing over radiators as this can cause condensation and cost more in heating bills
Fridges & Freezers
- Ensure air can circulate around the back of the fridge or freezer and keep the back dust free
- Never put hot food directly in a fridge or freezer. Let it cool first
- Defrost your fridge or freezer regularly to keep it working efficiently
- Remember not to leave your laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily
- Turn your appliances off standby mode
- Towel dry your hair rather than using your hairdryer to save energy
More advice and information on how to make your home more energy-efficient can be found at Energy Saving Trust - energysavingtrust.org.uk
If you're looking for financial support, there are a number of organisations, charities and government schemes that can offer you advice when it comes to money worries:
Citizens Advice – citizensadvice.org.uk
StepChange Debt Charity – stepchange.org
National Debtline – nationaldebtline.org
About Energy Angels
Wolverhampton-based Energy Angels make housing associations and social landlord’s substantial savings each year through reduced energy costs and time savings, as well as support them in their own carbon reduction goals
Any housing associations and social landlords serious about reducing their energy and administration costs should access our void energy management team.
Energy Angels work closely with our housing partners to ensure smart meters are installed in empty properties. If the whole nation got a smart meter, we could save the same amount of energy as it takes to power every household in Aberdeen, Cardiff and Manchester for a year.
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