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Energy Saving Tips For Your Home

27 July 2018

10 Energy Saving Tips For Your Home

Are you looking for great energy saving tips? You’ve come to the right place. The average household spends over £1,200 heating and powering their home throughout the course of the year. This makes energy bills one of the biggest costs for UK families, alongside council tax. So today we’re here to give you some energy saving tips so that you can save yourself some money on your energy bills. When budgets are tight, this means that energy prices can really cause a pinch on your finances. Even if you’re on the cheapest deal available, you can still reduce your gas and electricity bills by saving energy in your home. If you follow all of the tips in this energy saving guide you could slash your utility bills considerably.

How Much Energy Does The Average UK Household Use?

The average family of 4 home now uses 13 electronic appliances, compared with just four in 1990, according to the Energy Consumption in the UK 2017 report. Despite now owning more appliances, we actually still use roughly the same amount of energy as we did two decades ago. Even though our gadgets are much more efficient, there’s still a lot you can do to reduce your energy consumption.

1 – Turn Off Standby Appliances

You can actually save electricity by immediately turning any devices off at the plug. This includes gadgets such as games consoles, TVs and set top boxes which we find at the worst for consuming power on standby. By turning your appliances off at the plug you can save an average of £30 a year. The annual savings that can be reached is between £50 and £80 for homes that use even more gadgets than this. Another way that you can save some money on your electricity bill is to buy a plug socket that can be turned on and off via your phone which will cost you around £20. You could also buy cheaper timer plugs to schedule turning appliances off.

2 – Install A Smart Thermostat

By using a smart thermostat can save you even more energy because it’ll stop you warming rooms you aren’t using. Smart thermostats learn how long it takes to heat a home and then turn the heating on at exactly the right time to bring it up to temperature. They can also be controlled by your phone, so you no longer have to come back to a cold home. Apps like Hive etc mean that controlling the temperature in your home has never been easier. So you can save money this way.

Smart thermometers can cost a few hundred pounds, but the leading models could save customers as much as a third on their heating bills. So they will eventually pay for themselves. If you installed room thermostats, programmers and thermostatic radiator valves, you could save around £75 a year.

3 – Get A Boiler Replacement

You can also save energy by upgrading an old boiler to a new A-rated boiler that comes with a programmer, room thermostat, and thermostatic radiator controls. Based on fuel prices in April 2017, a detached house upgrading from a G rated boiler could save up to £320 a year. You can get a boiler replacement from us here at Phoenix Gas Services, we have years of experience of installing high quality boilers across Staffordshire & Cheshire including, Nottingham, Derby, and Manchester. So be sure to give us a call now on 01782 564448 for a free no obligation quote and start saving money today.

4 – Invest In Double Glazing

Double glazing will not only just insulate your home from the cold and help you to reduce your heating bills, it’ll help keep out noise too. If your home is entirely single glazed, you could save as much as £160 a year by installing A-rated double glazing. However, smaller properties will see reduced savings. This is because if you don’t have double glazing then more heat is leaving your home meaning your home will be colder and you’ll need your boiler to work harder to keep your house warm and cosy.

5 – Stop Those Draughts

Most homes, especially older ones, lose heat through draughts. They can also stop a room feeling snug when it gets really cold, which makes it more tempting to turn up the thermostat. A quick and easy way to save energy is to use draught excluders for doors. You can also buy a simple draught-proofing kit from most DIY stores that you can easily fit yourself. Block cracks in floors and skirting boards, line your letterbox and block an unused chimney to reduce your heating bills by up to £25 a year. If you don’t have double glazing, you can buy plastic lining for your windows to save energy and keep more heat in.

6 – Insulate Your Roof

You could save even more energy if you insulate your roof and stop heat escaping from your house. It’s worth considering employing someone to do this if you want to use your roof space because this makes the process of insulating the roof more complicated. While insulating your loft can cost several hundreds of pounds, it can also shave around £200 off your energy bills each year. Meaning that in the long run, you’ll be saving money that the insulation will pay for itself. So it’s definitely worth it.

7 – Lower Temperature Washing

This part of the energy saving tips is so simple. With the right detergent, you can wash your clothing at a lower temperature and save electricity, although you’ll occasionally want to run a hotter wash to keep the machine clean. Washing at 30 degrees rather than 40 degrees can be a third cheaper, meaning savings of up to £52 a year.

8 – Smarter On Water

Also part of our energy saving tips is that wasting warm water also adds to your energy bills because you pay twice once for the water, and once to heat it unnecessarily.

  • You can save around £25 a year by washing up in a bowl rather than using a running tap all the time.
  • Buying a more efficient showerhead can save you as much as £75 a year on your bills.
  • If you fit a shower timer in your bathroom, you could then save up to £7 per person by cutting just one minute off every person who uses the shower.

9 – Turn Down The Thermostat

Almost half the money spent on energy bills is absorbed by heating and hot water costs. Turning down your thermostat will help get this under control. Turning your heating down by just one degree could save up to £80 a year. So sacrificing that one degree may just save you some pennies.

10 – Invest In Efficient Appliances

You’re never going to save money by throwing out a perfectly good appliance and replacing it with a newer, more efficient model. But when you are ready to replace appliances, then the Energy Saving Trust think it’s really worth investing in one with a high energy efficiency rating.

  • An electric oven with the new A+ efficiency rating will use around 40% less energy than a B-rated oven.
  • A modern, efficient dishwasher will typically cost around £8 less a year to run compared to an older model.
  • An A+++ fridge freezer will save around £190 in your energy bills over its 10 year lifetime compared to an A+ model.

We hope that you enjoyed this article talking about the energy saving tips for your home that you can use in order to save yourself some money on your household bills this year. Remember if you need a boiler repair, boiler service or boiler replacement then don’t hesitate to give us a call or get in touch with us today.

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