In the UK, the average household spends £1,277 on power and heating every year. Within each home is an average of thirteen appliances, which has increased the average expenditure on energy within each home. What’s more, the way that we consume energy is damaging to the environment, and we can all do more to make a positive contribution. Here are five steps you can take to make your property more eco-friendly.
Appliances that are constantly plugged into the mains are using energy, even when you’re not using them. So, when you’re done with your TV show or Xbox gaming session, make sure you get up and turn the device off at the socket. This removes the energy supply from the device and means it cannot consume power on standby. You should get into this habit with all of your devices, including your laptop, smartphone, and any other appliances and gadgets that you typically leave on charge throughout the day.
Use a smart thermostat
By using a smart thermostat, you can save up to 31% on your annual energy consumption. The technology enables you to manage your heating from your smartphone, no matter where you are. Although they’re relatively expensive to install (around £150), they will pay for themselves after a year or so, given the savings that you can make by using them.
Choose the cold-water cycle when washing clothes
Did you know that as much as 90% of the energy used in a washing machine contributes to heating the water? The simple act of washing your clothes in cold water is a big energy and cost saver. What’s more, using a tumble dryer is energy-inefficient. Although it takes longer and is often weather dependent, allowing your clothes to dry naturally in the back garden or laundry room will help you save on your home energy consumption.
Upgrade your windows
If you don’t have double glazing in your homes, then upgrading your windows should be a priority as far as energy saving is concerned. As much as 18% of heat loss occurs through windows, but single-glazed windows lose heat twice as fast as those that are double-glazed. Although it’s a relatively expensive undertaking to put new windows in a house, you will find that it’s a super effective way to reduce your energy footprint. It will also keep you warmer on those cold winter nights and is undoubtedly worth the investment. You could apply for an unsecured personal loan to pay for double glazing in your home if you don’t want to empty your savings for this project.
Upgrade your appliances
Although you don’t need to splash out on brand-new appliances throughout your home, specific upgrades will help you save money. For instance, opting for an A+++ fridge can save you up to £320 in its lifespan compared to an older model. In the UK, there is a really efficient grading system for appliances, so you can easily tell which are the most energy-efficient before committing to a purchase. So, if you’re in the market for a new appliance, make sure you opt for a make and model that ranks highly where energy efficiency is concerned.
As the cost of living crisis is taking its toll, we hope these tips help you improve your energy efficiency and save money as a result.