8 easy ways to cut your energy costs
With the vast majority of us working from home during lockdown, UK household energy bills are set to rise by an average of £32 a month (new research has shown). This equates to £348 a year, so it’s no surprise that the same survey found that 44% of Brits are worried about having to pay higher energy bills.
Everything from computers plugged in all day to the dishwasher being filled and emptied multiple times uses more energy than usual, so anything we can do to keep the bills down is welcome. Fortunately Linda Dodge, an energy expert from energy comparison site SaveOnEnergy, is here to offer some simple tips on how you can save energy in the home.
1. Dust the lights
Dust on light fittings and bulbs dims the amount of light emitted, which could lead to you turning on additional lighting, such as lamps. So, make a regular effort to thoroughly clean all light fittings and bulbs, to benefit from their full output and brightness.
2. Turn off heating
People often forget, but you can use the valves on radiators to turn off the heating in any rooms you are not using.
3. Work on a laptop
Statistics show that laptops are approximately 80% less energy intensive than desktop computers. So if you have both, opt to use a laptop over a desktop when working from home.
4. Let in natural light
With the sun coming out more and more, open blinds or curtains during the daytime to let natural light in and save on lighting costs in the process.
5. Avoid standby
We are all heavily relying on our electrical devices and appliances to get us through lockdown, but when they’re not in use, don’t leave them on standby. Leaving electrical devices on standby means they are still using energy, so make sure you turn them off fully.
6. Wash at lower temperatures
A quick and easy to save money on energy bills is to lower the temperature setting on the washing machine when doing the laundry. Ideally, you want to drop the temperature to around 30°C for each wash. Also, if your washing machine has a ‘quick wash’ or ‘half load’ program, then use them to wash smaller loads.
7. Switch light bulbs
If you haven’t already done so, switch your light bulbs to more energy-efficient ones. For instance, quality LED light bulbs use appropriately 70% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, whilst also having the added benefit of lasting 25 times longer.
8. Print with caution
It can be very easy to translate your workplace habits to your work-from-home set-up. A lot of people prefer printing out work documents to reading them on a screen. But the more you print, the more energy is used to power your printer. So, print sparingly to save energy as well as paper.
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