Changing to an eco-friendly/ energy efficient lifestyle will make you feel good as a human being. It’s a way for you to ‘give a little back’, to reduce your carbon footprint, and perhaps more importantly in the current financial climate, it will save you money too!
There are still plenty of affordable adjustments you can make that will save both energy and money. We’ve listed 10 here for your convenience.
Why do you need to be energy efficient?
There are so many advantages to being energy efficient for you and the wider community. Here are just a few of them:
- Cheaper to power, heat and light your house
- Spend less money on accessories such as light bulbs
- Tackles the fuel poverty problem
- More disposable income for things such as holidays, clothes and days out
- Less power stations needed
- Much less air pollution
- Reduces greenhouse gases
- Contributes towards slowing down global warming
- Improved physical and mental health
- Bigger public budgets for things such as schools and hospitals
Energy efficiency tips
Ready to save the environment and your bank balance? You can start off being energy efficient by following these home energy saving tips
In the kitchen
- For all you toast lovers: Using a toaster is more energy efficient than a traditional grill, as a grill heats the entire top half of an oven as well as your food, so lots of energy is wasted.
- Cut your cooker usage in half: A microwave is more energy efficient than a hob or oven so make more food than you need and heat up the rest in a microwave 3 nights a week.
- Steam your vegetables: That way you can layer a number of vegetables on top of each other whilst only using one ring on the hob.
- Only boil the water you need: You can save up to £8 a year by only boiling the water you need in a kettle.
- Heat up the room with your oven: Keep the door of the oven open after cooking to take the chill out of the air and keep your kitchen nice and cosy.
- Invest in a slow cooker: On average, cooking your favourite stew for 8 hours costs a third of the price of cooking that same stew in a conventional oven for just one hour.
Around the rest of the home
- Let the sunshine in: A good quality, sturdy set of curtains that are hung high and close to the window should help to retain heat. On sunny days, open your curtains and welcome warmth into your house. Just remember to close them when the sun sets to keep that heat in. They look good too you know!
- Eco-lighting: LED lights are becoming increasingly popular and use 90 percent less energy of a typical light bulb. By replacing each traditional light bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb of the same brightness you could save around £3 a year per bulb.
- Get cosy: Wearing warmer clothing around the house, putting an extra blanket on the bed or investing in a good quality down duvet means you won’t be tempted to turn the heating up. In fact, if you layered up and turned your thermostat down by just 1°C you could save as much as £60 per year.
- Say goodbye to standby: Leaving a TV in quick-start mode rather than turning it off at the plug can save you as much as £10 a year!
- Get creative with tin foil: Stick tin foil behind your radiators to create cost-effective heat reflectors. This prevents your walls from absorbing the heat that is meant for the room and if applied neatly will remain undetected by visitors.