Archie’s Top Energy Saving Tips – Saving you energy to save you money
There are many ways energy can be saved in your home, these include:
Switching off lights when leaving an empty room could save on average £15 a year on electricity bills.
Close your curtains to help keep heat in and stop it from escaping through the windows. Ensure the curtains are not draped over any radiators that are underneath your windows.
Switch off appliances fully where you can and don’t leave them on standby.
Defrost fridges and freezers regularly to keep them running efficiently and to stop ice building up. Appliances uses more power if they have to work harder.
Run washing machines on a full load. Using economy setting and running the washing machine at 30 degrees can also use less energy.
Take a shower instead of having a bath. Showers are usually faster, cheaper and more efficient.
Turning the thermostat down on your boiler by only 1 degree can save up to £80 a year on the average gas bill.
Running your heating for an hour less each day will also save energy and still helps to take the chill off enough through the winter.
Check all your radiators regularly to see if they need bleeding. Radiators that aren’t working to their fullest can make your boiler work harder meaning it will use more fuel.
Use a washing up bowl to clean your dirty dishes rather than running the water.
Use energy saving light bulbs. They last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs.
Make sure your mobile phone chargers are switched off when not in use. These still use energy when they are plugged in, even of they are not in use.
Use the microwave instead of the oven – It cooks food quicker.
Don’t hang clothes on your radiators to dry, it makes your boiler work harder than it needs to.
Insulating your home can save up to £250 a year on heating costs. Insulation will help to retain the heat circulating around your home.
If you have an old inefficient boiler, look into upgrading this to a newer boiler. This will last longer and work much more efficiently. Call the Arktek office on 0191 5166911 to discuss boiler options available and to arrange a survey with our fully qualified gas engineers.