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Top Energy-Wasting Habits & Energy Saving Solutions

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Simple Tips to Make Your Home Energy Efficient 

When you stop to turn off the lights at home before you go out it, it means that your energy efficient habits are easy to adopt. If you do not take care of these kind of habits your electricity bill will go slowly higher. Leaving your electrical appliances on when you are not using them it will add up to £40 to the annual bill.  If you do not replace old CFL lights and halogens with LEDs you will waste hundreds of dollars/pounds/euros across the rooms of your home. 

The energy-wasting activities

We live a busy life energy savings may not be our first priority, here we listed the top energy waste habits.

Opearating the washing machine, dish washer and tumble dryer half full.

Always try to use the full capacity of your machine, it will run more efficiently. In addition, if you run two half loads will cost you double , so the fuller the appliance the better. The manufacturer offer an ECO cycle mode to help you save more (around 16% to 20%)

Forget to adjust the heating control

Use timers to control the heat, when you are out or at night, this simple device allows you to program your heating to be switched off when you do not need.

Still use the old bulbs

The average cost of running LED bulb is £1.70 per year which could save you £180-£200 from your energy bills from each bulb over the lifespan of the product. A normal 3 bedroom property is lit by approximately 30 bulbs, with simple mathematics in 10 years you will save around £5500.

Leaving electronic appliances on standby mode.

According to Energy Saving Trust this is going to cost you another £30 per year. Simply switch them off when you are not at home.

Heating your Guests & Utility Rooms

Providing heat to unused rooms will cost a lot. You can set the temperature in unused rooms to lower levels or you can use thermostats in each room.

Placing warm food in the fridge and freezer.

Simple trick but we have to remember to use it. Let the warm food to cool down or if it is winter leave it outside until it take the ambient temperature. The fridge won’t work hard to keep the temperature low.

Also, avoid leaving the fridge door open too long all the cool air will escape putting the compressor of the fridge to work longer at full power.

Forgetting to switch energy supplier.

Spend a few minutes calling other energy suppliers, they will have new offers, special deals and fixed tariffs that will help you to reduce your energy bill.


The Simplest Tips to Make your Home More Energy Efficient.

  • Check for draughts under the doors and stop the heat from escaping. Around the chimney and windows you may find more draughts. You may save around £50 per year.


  • Turn the central heating down by 1-2 °C to save approximately £90 per year. Every little bit helps ! We advise you to set the thermostat temperature to 18°C. Check the ambient temperature in your room until you feel comfortable and adjust the final temperature on the thermostat.


  • Send accurate, real reading of your energy meter to the energy supplier. Do not let them send you estimate bills they are always higher than normal.


  • If your clothes are not so soiled wash them at 30 °C. Compared to higher tempetatures (40°C-50°C) this could save another £10 per year.


  • When you buy new appliances (dishwashers, washing machines, microwaves, etc) choose the ones that are A+ Rated.

Consider a smart-thermostat.

Smart thermostats will turn on and off your heating remotely using the internet. Your mobile phone will communicate with the thermostat using the WI-FI connection.  The prices of a smart thermostat varies from £100-£200. Some energy suppliers offer the devices free of charge as part of the electricity deals.

The smart-thermostat will show you how much energy you are using (gar or electric). The smartest devices will learn your energy habits and auto-adjust the temperature to the optimum level. You can set routine operating times or simply switch your heat on and off via your mobile application.

See our comprehensive guide to smart thermostats to decide whether they’re the best choice for you.


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