We’re in the midst of the Big Energy Saving Winter, so there’s no better time to make sure that you’re making the most of the energy in your home.
The Big Energy Saving Winter is a campaign by Citizens Advice to help you cut your bills and get you the energy saving advice you’re entitled to. As part of that we thought we’d include our favourite energy saving tips from last year. For energy support do check out yesterday’s post on the lockdown support you can get.
Here are some of our favourite tips that we’ve pulled together to help you save energy and money, and can even save some CO2 emissions as well!
- Even though we’re spending more time indoors, make sure you’re using the timer on your central heating system, so that it’s only coming on when you need it to. If you’re waking up an hour later because you don’t have to commute, then put your heating on an hour later too. Also, when it is on, turning down your thermostat by just a single degree can save you between £60 and £80 a year on your heating bills
- If you have storage heaters or electric radiators in your home, make sure you’re only using them in areas you spend lots of time, like living rooms and bedrooms rather than hallways
- Insulating your water tanks and pipes with jackets and pipe covers is a really easy way of making sure that your water stays hotter for longer, as these can lose heat really quickly. Insulating them is pretty cheap but will help save you both money and energy!
Make sure that, as well as heating your property properly, you’re keeping it draught-free too:
- Check for draughts around your windows, and ensure you’re keeping the cold out with self-adhesive foam strips or metal/plastic strips with brushes
- If you have draughts around your doors, you can fit draught excluders on the bottom of them, or can use draught excluder cushions. Though it won’t have a large impact on your bills, it’ll certainly make you feel cosier on these chilly Winter nights!
- The Energy Saving Trust has a page on draught-proofing on their website that is chock-full of great tips for all areas of the house.
Being economical with your water can also really help with your bills too:
- Use a washing up bowl rather than running the tap to do your washing up
- If you’ve got a dishwasher, run it on an eco cycle and make sure that it’s always full before you run it too!
- Swapping out your showerhead for a water-efficient one can help save an average household of four people up to £38
Finally, while the colder weather is with us at the moment, it’s always worth sharing some tips for when the weather does warm up again:
- Sticking socks in a bag in the freezer is a really easy way to keep cool during the summer, rather than turning on a fan or the air conditioning
- You can save money through turning down the water temperature during the summer when the weather is hot
- If you’re a fan of a hot water bottle in the winter, why not try an ice water bottle for the summer? Simply half-fill a regular hot water bottle with water and freeze it for a lovely cool night’s sleep
- And last but definitely not least, having a smart meter fitted can help you track and manage your energy usage more effectively! The Energy Saving Trust claims that having a smart meter can reduce a household’s usage by as much as 2% for gas and 2.8% for electricity. You can check if you’re eligible for this on your Bulb account.
If you’re struggling with the cost of your energy this Winter, there’s ways that we can help you out too. You can check out our Blog post about applying for help with your energy costs this Winter for more information.
And of course you can check out the Citizens Advice Bureau Big Energy Saving Winter campaign too, there’s loads of great tips and support there.
Finally, keep an eye on our Instagram, as we’ll be sharing Reels of some of our favourite tips.
Also, we want to hear from you! What are your favourite tips? Is there anything you think we’ve missed? Or, is there an area that you would like more energy-saving tips on? Let us know in the replies.
Until next time, keep it cosy!