As it’s Big Energy Saving Week, we thought we’d share with you our 10 top tips for saving energy, and therefore money, around your home.
Ayo Kila, Marketing and Communciations Executive at the National Housing Federation
21 January 2019
Over the past three months, the National Housing Federation and Smart Energy GB have been working together on a campaign to encourage low income tenants to have a smart meter installed.
Research has shown that 15% of UK households are low income homes. With smart meters designed to help energy customers make significant changes to their budgeting, at no extra cost, this is something we are widely encouraging households to consider.
Potential savings can be made by identifying where energy is being wasted around the home so we’ve pulled together these 10 points you can explore to help you save more energy, and more money, today.
- Don’t leave electrical appliances on standby – whether it’s the TV or a phone charger, by actually turning your appliances off when you’re not using them, you could save a potential £30 a year.
- Less wasteful washing up - instead of leaving the water running whilst washing up, if you fill a bowl to wash your pots (then remember to wash the greasiest dishes last!) then you could save up to £25 a year.
- Save yourself some laundry time - cut down on the amount of laundry you do a week, aiming to do one wash a week, and instead of using a tumble dryer, invest in a clothes horse to save on your energy consumption.
- Switch the light off behind yourself - turn off the lights in rooms that you aren’t occupying and why not make the switch to LED light bulbs. These two small changes could save you up to £35 a year.
- Use a timer/smart heating – by programing what time the heating comes on and off in your home and not heating an empty home when you’re out, you will save around £75 year.
- Keep the heat in - turn off the heater in rooms that you aren’t using and close the doors behind yourself to keep the heat in the rooms where it’s needed.
- Take a power shower - cut down the time it takes you to have a shower (some councils provide a shower countdown sand timer to help you keep track) and by doing this you can save up £7 a year.
- Invest in some draught excluders - draught proofing the doors and windows will help keep your home warmer for longer which will help to cut down the amount of time you’ll have the heating on.
- Tea for one? Kettles are one of the worst household goods for energy usage so fill your kettle with roughly the right amount of water you actually need. This could save you an additional £6 per year.
- Get money-wise – finally, try switching from pay-as-you-go meters to direct debit so you can monitor your expenditure and plan for your bills each month.
If you're looking for even more information, Smart energy GB and the Energy Saving Trust have put together a video of some simple tricks to save energy and money in your home which you can watch below.
For more information and resources, visit the Big Energy Saving Week page and share your energy-saving hacks with us on Social Media with #BESW19