With the ever present evidence of climate change and the more relatable impacts of energy price increases, conserving energy in the home is becoming more and more important. Conserving power not only helps you to regulate your expenditure on bills, but being energy-conscious is also beneficial for the environment – reducing energy production and pollution.
In our day to day lives we use energy without even thinking about it, for providing light, to cook with, to warm our homes, to watch television and to wash clothes. With a few small changes you can conserve energy in all of these areas.
- Lowering your thermostat by just 1̊C can save you up to £60 a year, whilst maintaining a constant temperature can use less energy than switching your heating on and off for big blasts. Adding extra layers to your bedding and wearing socks and jumpers also reduces the need to turn on the heat.
- When using your oven, make the most of it! It heats up more than just one shelf so you can consider baking more than one meal at a time to use the heat that is generated. After you are done cooking you can leave your oven door ajar and allow the warmth to heat the room and not just dissipate into the extractor fan.
- When appliances are plugged in they still draw energy even when they aren’t in use. Completely disconnecting the devices that you don’t use regularly can help conserve energy use. You should also be on the lookout for any appliances which don’t turn off properly and instead go into standby mode as these are also still drawing power.
- Washing your clothes on a lower temperature will significantly help save energy. 90% of energy used by a washing machine is used to heat the water, so lowering the temperature will lower the energy use. If the weather is nice, hanging your clothes out to dry uses no energy compared to a tumble drier!
Your house itself may also be costing you energy; a lack of double glazing and insulation in the wall cavities & loft spaces allows heat energy to escape. This causes you to use more energy to heat your house as half of it is literally going straight out the window. There are now several government back schemes which assist in providing houses with the necessary insulation for energy efficiency.
If you would like to get a better idea of how much energy you are using, you can use an energy monitor to show you exactly what you using and where. You can identify where you need to try and conserve energy so that your wallet and the planet benefits.