Save on your energy bills

Save on your energy bills

As the temperature drops, our heating bills rise, but there are ways you can stay cosy and save your pennies too…

How making a few small tweaks around the home could really help you save the pennies

Doing the laundry, making a cup of tea, brushing your teeth… Things we all do without even thinking about them. But did you know that just making a few small changes could shave lots off your energy bills?

Save when… you’re doing laundry

When you do your washing, you need a product that you can rely on for a one-wash clean every time, even at low temperatures. Ariel Gel does just that.

Once you’re armed with Ariel Gel you can set the dial to 30 or less and still be confident you’ll get great results.

Try not to put the washing on until you’ve got a full load and use quick cycles except if things are really dirty (muddy football kit, we’re looking at you!). These tips alone could save you up to a whopping 66% on your energy bill^.

Save when… you’re cooking

When cooking, don’t boil a pan of water from cold. Instead, boil the water in a kettle, pour it in the pan and cover with a lid. Also ensure you match your pan size to the hob size to stop heat from escaping.

Use a microwave instead of an oven where you can – for example when cooking a baked potato – as it uses less energy. And when making a cuppa, only boil the water you need. If you boiled a full kettle every time you wanted one cup of tea you could end up spending an extra £92 per year.

Save when… you need the lights on

Ideally you should hold off putting any lights on until you have to by keeping your curtains open to let in any natural light.

When you do switch on, make sure your lamps have light-coloured shades as they let the most light out, meaning you’ll need fewer lamps on. Also, if you’re leaving a room for more than a few minutes, get into the habit of switching the lights off.

Energy-saving bulbs are more expensive initially, but the money they save you in energy usage and the longevity of the bulb means they more than pay for themselves, so they’re worth the extra upfront.

Save when…. you’re using water

Switch off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth as leaving it running could waste up to six litres of water per minute. If you love a power shower but not the wastage, buy a low-flow energy efficient showerhead. It uses less water, but pumps it out with air to ensure there’s no loss of pressure, and you’ll save on your water and energy bills.

Save when… heating your home

First of all check your house is insulated properly. Your energy company should be able to send an expert over to ensure your walls and loft are lined with sufficient insulating wool or foam, which can save you up to £300 a year on heating bills.

To stop heat literally escaping through the cracks, draught-proof doors and windows with specially designed cushions (sausage-dog draught excluder, anyone?) or tape, and make sure your keyholes and letterbox have draught-excluding bristles. When winter comes, you could also get a thermal backing for your curtains.

When you do need the heating on, bear in mind that turning your thermostat down by just one degree could save you up to £75 per year on your heating bill.

Do you have any energy-saving tips? We’d love to hear them! Let us know in the comments section below.

^Based on a 60 minute cycle at <30C compared with a 60 min cycle at 40C

Stats from the Independent Energy Saving Trust

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