For part one please go here
To find energy saving tips around your home, think about how you use
energy. What heating do you have and how do you use it? How do you get hot water and how do you
work that? Which appliances do you have and how much do you use them?
Remember that many small changes and
savings add up. Once you make some changes, they become reinforced by habit and further changes become easier.
In so doing, you can make
significant savings in money and do your bit to fight climate change.
Here are some energy saving tips from the comparison website uswitch.
Let’s go around your house or flat and
consider some energy saving tips for each room.
IN YOUR HALL
- fit draught excluders
around the front door and over the letterbox
- putting a curtain over the
inside of the front door helps keep the draughts out
- get into the habit of
closing all the doors to keep the heat in each room
- hallway lights are used a
lot – fit energy saving bulbs and save an average of £3 a year
IN YOUR LIVING ROOM
- fit heavy curtains and
close them at dusk to keep the heat in.
- unplug items that are not
in use (when was the last time you used your video recorder?)
- don’t leave things
switched on or on standby when in not in use (could save £45 - £60 a year)
- put your TV box or digital
recorder on a separate plug socket so you can turn off everything else at the mains but keep your series link recordings
IN YOUR KITCHEN
- always use the right sized
pan for the job and use the correct hob ring for each pan
- keep the oven door shut as
much as possible
- allow warm foods to cool
down before putting them in the fridge
- use a microwave to cook or
reheat food where possible, this is much more efficient
Home Energy Scotland has a blog focusing on the best ways to save energy in the kitchen.
IN YOUR BATHROOM
- a quick shower will use
less energy than taking a bath
- check your electric fan is
set only for the time needed to clear condensation and smells
- invest in a shower timer
to help you spend less time in the shower
IN YOUR BEDROOM
- wear socks to bed in cold
weather to keep your feet cosy
- towel dry your hair
thoroughly to cut down use of your hairdryer
- use a hot water bottle to
warm the bed up, rather than an electric blanket
- don’t leave your phone
charging – it should need only a couple of hours to charge fully
- during winter, set the
heating to switch off a while before you go to bed
- a TV, DVD player, computer
and PS3 will cost £45 altogether per year to run – but that could be much higher if they are always left on when not in use
- think about what you are
putting on extension sockets to make sure you aren’t powering something that is not in use
- maybe ‘lose’ the remote
control for the TV to reduce the temptation to leave it on standby
- if you are thinking about
buying a new computer, a new laptop typically costs £16 less in energy than an old desktop computer (and takes up less room)
Home Energy Scotland has some excellent tips on saving energy here.
Contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 (free from all mobiles and landlines) or
visit their website here to get a home energy check.
For tips specifically on saving energy in the winter, please watch this video