With fuel bills on the up and up, everyone could benefit from a little reduction in energy expenditure. When you look closely at how much energy you use in the home, you will discover many ways in which you can make a difference to your gas or electricity bills. Sometimes a small change results in a few pounds saved across the year, but bigger changes can make a huge difference to your finances. Here are some easy ways to increase the energy efficiency of your home, room by room.
- Compare the energy ratings on all kitchen appliances you buy and choose the most energy efficient models. You use a lot of appliances in the kitchen so you stand to save a lot of money if you make better choices.
- Choose a gas oven over an electric oven as these are more efficient and cheaper to run. Use the oven efficiently by baking several things at the same time. Also, cooking with the lids on pans makes a difference.
- Boil water for tea and cooking in an electric kettle rather than using the hob to heat the water. Don’t overfill the kettle and use only as much water as you need for the task.
- Use an electric toaster for your bread rather than the grill.
- Turn down the thermostat in your bedroom – you are probably sleeping in an overheated room and you won’t notice a small change in the temperature, while it can save you a lot of money over the year.
- Turn off the lights whenever you leave the room and don’t leave appliances like chargers or TVs plugged in when you are not using them.
- Close the curtains at dusk to keep the heat in.
- Use low-energy light bulbs.
- A laptop is more energy efficient than a desktop PC – the laptop consumes five times less power.
- Don’t leave your computer on a screensaver – this can use more power than actually working on the computer.
- Switch off your computer when it is not in use and don’t leave it on standby. It helps if you plug in all your appliances like printer and scanner into one power strip so it is easier to switch them all off at once when you are not using them.
- Be careful with your printing – printers are not particularly energy efficient.
If you are moving house or looking to rent a property, check the EPC – the Energy Performance Certificate. Every home or commercial building available to buy or rent needs an EPC, which is available from providers like epcuk.org – the Energy Performance Certificate gives the property a rating that allows you to see how much you are likely to spend on your heating bills. If you are selling your property or renting office space you will need to get the certificate before you offer the place for sale or rent.