Top Tips on Saving Energy

14th October 2021 by in category Blog with 0 and 0

Home Energy Saving

What would you say that you spend the most on in a year for your household? Probably you think first about the mortgage or rent. Then you have food bills and a range of other general costs. What about your energy bill? Because it goes out in smaller amounts, it could be misleading as to just how large it is.

According to the industry regulator, Ofgem, in a report from August 2021, the average family on a default tariff and paying by direct debit will be paying £1277 per year for energy from October 2021, and £1309 per year with prepayment tariffs. Whilst this might not be your household’s highest cost in a year, it is certainly a substantial amount.

How to Save Energy in Household

It is natural to wonder how you can save on this necessity. Of course, there are big choices to make, like installing double glazing and roof insulation. But what about the smaller decisions that can also make a saving? At L J Electrical we have some energy saving tips for homes so that you can save money whilst also helping the environment.

  • Keep an eye on your electricity and gas usage.
    The most important tip for home energy saving is to be aware of what you are using. Awareness is crucial to making small changes. The most practical suggestion is to get a smart meter fitted. Most suppliers offer these. You will have to speak to your supplier for their details, but many will offer free installation and some even have incentives if you move to a smart meter. This will give you the chance to keep an eye on costs so that there are no surprises.
  • Adjust your thermostat.
    Another suggestion for how to save energy in households is via the thermostat. Many families do not change or even look at the thermostat. But this controls the temperature at which the heating kicks in. Research published by the government’s Department for Energy in November 2012 suggested that a reduction of just 1 degree could save a substantial amount of an annual bill. Unless you are unusually sensitive to the temperature, it is unlikely that you will even notice the slight drop in temperature. Additionally, if you have local thermostats in your rooms, turn them down in places which are rarely used, like spare bedrooms.
  • Use efficient home electronics.
    Have you ever looked at the energy efficiency ratings on domestic appliances and wondered if it makes a difference? Well, they do. Going for a better grade of efficiency saves money on operating costs. If you have old, inefficient equipment, it could be false economy as your electricity bills are probably higher than they need to be,
  • Turn off equipment that is on standby mode.
    When you look round your home, you might be surprised just how many devices are on standby. Most homes have one or more televisions, plus a computer with a monitor, perhaps a printer, all of which sit on standby. Whilst it is true that modern devices on standby are less wasteful than older models were, it is also true that they have a cost. The Energy Saving Trust estimates that the average household is paying about £30 extra per year just by leaving these devices permanently on standby.
  • Be more efficient with water and washing.
    If you want to know how to save energy, analyse your washing. Could you reduce your wash temperature to 30 degrees? Doing that and one fewer load per week could bring down your annual bill.

These are just a few suggestions for how to save electricity and energy. At L J Electrical, we specialise in providing electrical services, including maintenance and repairs to keep everything working well. For more information, contact us.

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