Using less energy is beneficial to not only the environment, but also to the amount of money you can save per year. Energy saving trust estimates that you can save around £250 a year just by changing a few habits. So Vanda Electrical are going to pass on a few tips to help you save energy and ultimately save money.
The first and easiest tip we can give you is to turn off electrical appliances that don’t need to be left on or on standby. Majority of household items can be turned off at the mains without disruption to their systems and a typical house hold can save anything from £45 to £80 a year by doing so.
There are a lot of tips that can help you save money in the kitchen as well. Tumble drying clothes can cost up to £139 a year if you have an inefficient machine, so drying clothes outside when possible is the best way to save money. However, if the weather happens to be particularly bad, there are a few things you can do to save money with your tumble drier, like putting in the maximum load every time, clean the lint filter every time or just get an A+++ energy efficient rated model. Other kitchen tips include; setting your washing machine to 30°C, don’t fill your kettle up every time you boil it and use a bowl to wash up rather than running hot water constantly. All of these can save you up to £43 a year.
Another way you can save money is by changing to low energy light bulbs, this can make a big difference to your bills. The older and traditional light bulbs can last for around about a year where as the new energy efficient bulbs can last up to about 10 years, and some LED light bulbs can even last up to 25 years depending on the properties wiring. On average, lighting amounts up to about 20% of a person’s household bill, so you can see why changing to an energy efficient bulb can add up and save you a huge amount. According to the Energy Saving Trust you can save around £3 a year, or £55 over the lifetime of an energy saving bulb.
Depending on when you live you can also make your own electricity in the form of solar panels. Solar panels can generate electricity for a much lower initial cost, and just help you heat water. This can slash your water heating bill by a third. Finally, other ways to save some energy is to buy energy-efficient appliances. You shouldn’t base a purchase on just the cost alone; you should take into account the energy efficiency rating. Choosing a more energy efficient appliance could save you hundreds of pounds every year, for example, energy saving trust estimates that tumble dryers can cost between £39 and £139 to run every year. Also little things like unplugging your electronics chargers from the wall when not using them, if some are emitting heat when plugged into the socket then they will be using energy.