With all our focus on reducing emissions, one thing is clear, electricity is fuel for the future. Keeping our bills down, once the best deal is found, boils down to using electricity wisely. We can change our behaviours – for example, only boil enough water for our intended use. It’s an often said fraise, but it’s true, and an easily applied concept to other areas of the house. Only use what you need to use. Here are some tips for being energy efficient at home
We often have electronics in more than one room now. Keeping unnecessary equipment turned off at the plug will help. Smart plugs are even better. Usually controllable from your mobile phone, any item that can be plugged into a wall socket can be controlled. With the proviso that the amp rating of the smart plug is suitable these are great, some can be programmed to turn on and off in a timed schedule. Taking any need to remember to be efficient away!
Keeping lights off in rooms we’re not using is a no brainer. More than that, we need to look at ensuring our electricity using appliances, as well as fixtures and fittings, are efficient. LED lighting brings with it far lower running costs than incandescent lighting. Modern in style, often easier to clean and maintain LED lighting is definitely the way forward to reducing electricity consumption. The good news is that there are lots of options for lighting in your home, LED panels are great for the environment and can help save you money on the running costs of your home.
A Full Freezer
When your freezer is full, it takes less energy to keep the contents cold. Some keep cool packs, or plastic containers of water can be easily used to take up the excess space and reduce overall electricity consumption.
Traditional ovens have been joined by various air fryers and self-contained cooking appliances in recent years. Depending on the size of your family these may offer a more efficient way of cooking, one that uses less energy and less electricity.
With modern detergents, a lot of clothes can be washed at lower temperatures, with good results. Separating clothes that can be washed at lower temperatures and only using high-temperature washes where necessary will help to reduce your electricity bills.
With energy costs being high, it may make financial sense to replace even reasonably modern appliances with the latest generations of energy-efficient home appliances. The lower running costs will often offset, or reduce the cost of their replacement over their functional life. Consider running your appliances overnight where you can, as often your electricity company will have a cheaper tariff during the early hours of the morning.