There are a few different areas to really focus on within your home if you feel like you should be doing more to cut down on your energy usage. This is normally a great thing to look into since you’ll be helping the environment as well as saving money. Altering your lifestyle slightly can make a huge difference, so look at these areas and see what improvements you can make…
A small adjustment can work wonders. Even if you just turn down your heating by 1°C, you could cut a significant amount off your bill over the course of a year. When it does get cold, try wearing more layers instead of heating the whole house. When it’s warmer, consider installing a system that can be controlled with a mobile app remotely so you can turn off your heating when it isn’t being used. To save on heating water, try using your shower on a lower pressure setting, as many people waste a lot of energy and water by not doing this.
Try to limit the time your oven is on by coordinating with other people and cooking multiple meals at the same time. Use the appropriate size ring on the hob for each pan you use to maximise efficiency. When you’re finished, keep the oven door open in winter so the heat goes towards warming up your kitchen rather than leaving the house through a vent.
Using your washing machine on an energy efficient setting can make a huge difference. 30°C will be suitable for most washes, or 40°C at the most. Air-dry your clothes afterwards rather than wasting electricity with a tumble dryer. If you do use a dryer, end the cycle slightly early to cut down on the energy used, and your clothes will still be 90% dry.
For all other electrical goods in your home, there’s probably more you can do to cut down on wasted energy. Encourage your whole family to be pro-active about saving energy by turning things off rather than putting them in standby mode. This may be another thing you can control remotely with an app, or by installing motion-detecting sensors.
Make sure your home is properly insulated so you don’t waste energy on heating, and make better use of the building to generate electricity if you can. Double-glazed windows, cavity wall insulation and loft insulation are all essential, and if possible you may be able to install solar panels on your roof. Much of this can be subsidised by the government or even free if you qualify.