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Top 10 Home Energy Saving Hacks

Saving energy allows you to save money but also to reduce your environmental impact. Learn more about our top 10 energy saving hacks for your home.

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A lot of us are feeling the pinch when it comes to energy bills at the moment. Whether you're looking to optimise your energy consumption to reduce your environmental impact, or because you want to save money on your electric bills, you’re in the right place.

Check out the top 10 energy saving hacks you can easily implement in your home.

Free energy saving hacks

Before you start investing in more powerful energy saving hacks, here are a few tips you can implement today that will make a great difference in your electric bills.

Energy saving hack #1 - Turn off unnecessary appliances

The first energy saving hack is one we’ve all heard of, but it’s easy to let good habits slip, so here’s a reminder: turn off lights when you leave a room or don't need them, as well as all appliances and electronics when they're not in use. And by turning off, we really mean turning off. Avoid using standby mode which actually continues to consume energy when you’re not using it.

The easiest way to integrate this into your routine is to use multi-socket plugs. That way you can just turn them all off at once when going up to bed, for example. This simple step can help you save a significant amount of energy and reduce your electric bills by around £65 in a year.

Energy saving hack #2 - Edit your cooking approach

It's no secret that a lot of electrical consumption happens in your kitchen. Following these few tips will help you save some precious energy while cooking.

  • Use lids on pans: they prevent steam from leaking out, making sure all the heat stays in the pan. This should enable food to cook faster - and could reduce your energy consumption by up to 90%.
  • Use the microwave: if you only need to heat some food, it’s better to use your microwave than your oven, as the microwave uses less energy.
  • Batch cook: when you do need to use your oven, make the most of it by batch cooking. Instead of having to use your oven 3 times for different individual meals, all your meals will only require a single use and can then be rapidly reheated as required.
  • Use only the amount of water you need in the kettle: the more water you add to your kettle, the longer it will take to heat, using useless energy for hot water you won’t need. You can save around £46 per year using this simple hack.

Energy saving hack in the kitchen

Energy saving hack #3 - Air your home regularly

If you don’t have a mechanised ventilation system, it's important to air out your home. A house with no air passing through can lead to more humid air. Humidity can cause mould, leading to damage to your home as well as your health. In cold weather, humid air can also make you feel colder. Water from the air condenses on your skin and makes you feel chilly.

A few tips:

  • Use extractors when cooking and a fan in the bathroom, or leave the windows open to allow humid air to escape.
  • Leave all your windows open for 5 to 10 minutes. This is more effective than having a window open on tilt all day, especially during warm days.

Humidity can also cause heat to stay inside which can lead to higher temperatures in your home during the summer time. To avoid using air conditioning or running electric fans:

  • Try to air out your home during the night or in the early hours of the day to release humid air.
  • Reduce air humidity by cooking with pan lids on, drying washing outside and by keeping showers short.

Energy saving hack #4 - Heat the person, not the space

If you’re feeling the chill but you're not freezing, then you might not need to turn your heat all the way up. Instead, try investing in some good quality jumpers and blankets. Not only willthis create a cosy vibe, but it'll warm you up while saving energy.

On a similar note, turning the heating off in rooms which aren't used and keeping the doors closed, will stop cold air oozing its way into living spaces so you're not paying to heat empty spaces.

Low cost energy saving hacks

Ready to take a step further to save energy? Here are some low cost energy saving hacks.

Low cost energy saving hacks

Energy saving hack #5 - Install a programmable thermostat

Programmable thermostats, such as the Nest Learning Thermostat, or the Hive Smart Thermostat, automatically adjust the temperature of your home, based on the time of the day and whether anyone is home or not. They will also ensure a consistent temperature throughout the time you’re at home, and manage which rooms should be heated or not.

These devices are a great investment to help reduce energy usage and save on heating and cooling costs.

Energy saving hack #6 - Replace your light bulbs

If you’re still not using LED light bulbs, this might be the right time to replace your current ones. LED light bulbs use up to 75% less energy as they heat while still offering the same quality lighting.

Also, their lifespan is 25 times longer than that of the traditional incandescent bulbs. So it’s a double win to save energy and money!

Energy saving hack #7 - Add weatherstripping to doors and windows

We recommend adding weatherstripping to your doors and windows. It's a great way to prevent warm air from leaking out or cold air from seeping in. This means you can keep your house warm without having to overheat, preventing drafts and reducing heat loss. Here’s a great guide from the US Department of Energy about types of weatherstripping as well as installation tips.

Energy saving hack #8 - Install low-flow shower heads

Installing low-flow showerheads and faucets won’t only reduce your electric bill, but also your water bill, killing two birds with one stone. These reduce the amount of water you use in your home by reducing the water flow rate. But it can also save a great amount of energy, as heating water accounts for a significant portion of a  home’s energy usage. With this low-cost hack you could save around £70 each year on your bills!

Bigger budget energy saving hacks

Bigger budget energy saving hacks

If you're ready to take the leap and invest a bit more to make your home as energy efficient as possible, read on for our last budget energy saving hacks.

Energy saving hack #9 - Insulate your home

It is very important to have an insulated and airtight home. Otherwise, air can easily escape out or creep in. One of the most important places to insulate is your loft or your attic. Being situated directly underneath the roof, an attic can cause a quarter of all heat loss.

By insulating your attic but also your walls, you’ll be able to keep heat in during the winter and out during the summer. This can help improve the overall energy efficiency of your home.

Energy saving hack #10 - Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances

Your home appliances, such as refrigerators, washing machines and water heaters can represent up to 36% of your energy bill. So, you might consider having a look at your appliances and switching to energy efficient ones that will help you consume less. When doing so, check the energy efficiency labels on the appliances and choose the ones which use the least energy to help save money on monthly utility bills.

Also, keep in mind that you have to buy the right size for your family. A bigger appliance will be much more expensive to run than a smaller one. So if you’re a family of three, you might reconsider buying the biggest washing machine available at the store.

Bonus energy saving tips

There are lots of other actions you can implement to help save energy in your home.

Here are three bonus energy saving tips:

  • Plant trees or install shading devices. Installing awning or shading screens on the south and west sides of your home will help block the sun’s heat and therefore reduce the need for air conditioning.
  • Install a solar water heater. This device will allow you to use the sun’s energy to heat water for your home. This investment will allow you to create your own energy, and so save a significant amount of money on your monthly water heating costs.
  • Install a heat pump. Heat pumps can also give you the opportunity to create your own heat, but this time by using the heat from the ground or the air. With these, you can get hot water and heating all while saving money.

Now you know all about the best energy saving hacks: from the easy free ones your family can implement daily, to the bigger, budget ones that will take your home to another level in the energy efficiency stakes.

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FAQs

What is the easiest way to save energy?

The easiest way to save energy is by turning off unnecessary appliances and adapting your cooking approach. You can also wear warmer clothes to reduce how much you need to heat your home.

How can I heat my house cheaply?

To optimise heating your home, you can install a programmable thermostat. Investing in a heat pump and home insulation will also reduce heating expenses.

Is it cheaper to use a microwave than an oven?

Using a microwave is cheaper than an oven. If you do have to use the oven, try to batch cook to save energy.

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