There are some energy saving tips that everyone knows to try, such as considering switching suppliers or turning down the thermostat when you can.
But as prices in electricity and oil rise, there are always new ways to save energy. We have listed 10 of them below for you to try out.
1. Buy a halogen oven
Halogen ovens typically use less electricity than a conventional oven, and they are just as efficient. A roast can be cooked in up to 30 minutes in a halogen oven. The cost of a halogen oven is about a bit higher, but you can really save on the electricity bill.
2. Block your chimney
An unblocked chimney often lets in cold draughts, and you can lose heat exponentially through it, which could be costing you quite a bit through a year. Blocking your chimney can really help you save, and it’s easy to do. If you never use your fireplace you can cap it, but if you do, you can use an inflatable chimney balloon to stop the draughts when the chimney is not being used. You will need to do some cleaning as well to ensure it is clear of obstructions above the blocking you plan on doing.
3. Install a voltage optimisation device
These devices monitor how much voltage goes into your homes and what voltages each appliance needs, then saves you the difference. Voltage optimisation devices can work on washing machines, tumble driers, dishwashers, televisions and lighting, and they can save you a lot of money in time. These devices would need to be installed by a professional electrician if you want to have optimal results.
4. Buy a water efficient shower head
Modern showers can use as much water in five minutes as it takes to fill a bath. By purchasing a water efficient shower head, you can reduce the amount of water coming through the shower while still enjoying a power and invigorating shower. You can save on both your water bill and on the electricity it took to heat the water. An efficient shower head can pay for itself within a year or less.
5. Cavity wall insulation
Heat can really be lost out of a house through simple cracks and holes in the walls. You can save money on the heat gained if you get cavity wall insulation. Some energy saving companies will give a grant to cover some of the insulation cost.
6. Draught proofing
Draught proofing is often cheap and easy to do, but can be overlooked. You can save a lot each year by simply blocking up draughts under doors, through windows, loft hatches, and pipe work that leads outside. By blocking up these draughts, you can make your house warmer and save on your electricity bill.
Draught excluders can be bought and are relatively inexpensive. Don’t forget the letterbox – draught free letterboxes can now be purchased! You would do well to keep your house clean before you move on, specifically focusing on problem and high traffic areas.
7. Solar panels
Getting solar panels installed may be expensive, especially if you use a reputable company, but you could save that cost within 8 years on your electricity bill. This method is getting more and more popular, and for good reason, as it is becoming a viable alternative source of energy.
8. Eco lighting
Replacing a traditional light bulb with an energy saving light bulb can save quite a bit of energy during its life. The best thing is that energy saving light bulbs are barely more expensive than traditional light bulbs and you could be making a great saving on your electricity bill as a result.