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Top tips to save energy in your home

Are you standing by?

According to Direct Gov, ‘the average household wastes around £40 a year simply by leaving appliances on standby’, it’s not much more effort to turn an appliance off at the socket, rather than using the remote. If the charger pack has a light showing on it or it is warm, it is probably using energy!

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Do you care about labels?

EU energy labels may not be Prada or Jimmy Choo but they do tell you how energy efficient your appliances are. They are ranked from dark green to red, and letter from A-G, A being the most efficient. And because life is never complicated enough, you can also get A+,A++ and A+++ on super efficient products.

Are you in the boiler brigade ?

‘If every household in the country installed a high-efficiency boiler, the energy saved would be enough to provide heating and power for almost two million homes, Direct Gov have more interesting facts than we thought!

By replacing an old, inefficient boiler with an A-rated one, you could save up to £225 per year, but in the mean time, you can reduce the energy your existing boiler consumes with efficient thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves.

Do you like it hot?

If you turn down your thermostat – if it’s set too high – you will save around £50 a year on your heating bills. Your immersion heater or hot water tank should be set at 60 degrees Celsius.

Do you need to lighten  up?

There is no excuse for forgetting to switch the lights off every time you leave a room, it’s easy and can save you a lot of money, simply by flicking a switch. If you replace all the traditional light bulbs in your home, with energy saving ones, could save you around £25 a year.

How many clothes have you shrunk on a hot wash?

Washing clothes at 30 degrees can be just as effective for a normally load and doesn’t come with the shrinkage risk of a hot wash!
Avoid using your tumble dryer excessively and you can save money and energy.

Do an extra spin after your washing to get as much water out as possible and you will save money, if you do decide to tumble dry. But, why not  make the most of the good weather by hanging your washing out to dry the old fashioned way.

Do you have the kitchen know how?

The kitchen is the obvious place to save energy and reduce you bills, these are some simple and easy ways to save energy in your kitchen every day:

  • boil a kettle with only as much water as you need
  • cover pots and pans when cooking – they will boil a lot quicker
  • match the size of the cooking ring to the size of the saucepan to avoid heating air
  • cook several different foods on one ring with a steamer
  • there’s emerging research that using a microwave rather than a conventional oven to heat up a small amount of food may save you energy
  • avoid putting hot food in the fridge or freezer
  • try not to leave your fridge door open, as it takes energy to cool down again
If you want to cut you bills and make your home more eco friendly and energy efficient, our Rated tradesmen can help you achieve eco home heaven. Post your job for free and up to 3 tradesmen will contact you to get your house a A+++ rating of its very own.

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