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If you’re trying to think a little greener at home then there are some simple tips and tricks you can do to help save energy. Not only will you be doing your bit to save the environment but you will also save yourself a bit of money in the process, which is always welcome! Here are just a few of the things you can do to save energy at home…
Do the washing on a lower heat
Did you know that 90% of a washing machine’s energy is used on heating the water? Just by reducing the heat at which you wash your clothes to around 30-40 degrees, you will save both energy and money.
Hang up your clothes to dry
As well as washing on a lower heat, you can also save energy by hanging your clothes up to dry rather than using a tumble dryer. This might be trickier in the winter but should be fairly easy in the summer when the weather is warmer and dryer.
Buy energy-efficient appliances
How old are your kitchen appliances and white goods? If they’re getting on a bit then there’s a good chance they’re not very energy efficient. Buying a house full of new appliances will cost a lot but doing it gradually will be much more cost-effective in the long run.
Insulation is key
By properly insulating your home you can stop a good deal of heat escaping, thus saving a considerable amount of energy and money. Cavity wall insulation is a good idea, although loft insulation is essential as heat rises to the top of your house. There are government grants available to get free insulation, which might help you save even more money. Another tip is to hang heavy curtains or fabrics over the windows and ensure they’re closed at night. This will help keep heat from escaping through the windows.
Turn off the lights
Do you really need all those lights on all the time? If you have the lights on then make sure you turn them off whenever you leave the room, or could you get away with just having a lamp on rather than the main light. And of course it goes without saying that you should use energy saving light bulbs. If it’s the middle of the day then try opening the curtains wider or clearing things away from the windows to let more natural light in.
Turn down the heating
If you’re a particularly cold person then you might recoil in horror at the thought of turning down the heating, but just turning it down by 1°C can save you up £60 per year. If you have the right insulation then it should keep the heat in better, as we’ve mentioned.
Cook meals to freeze
When cooking, try making larger batches of things or additional meals that you can put in the freezer. This means you’ll be doing less cooking, which will save time and energy, but also means that you will save money on food over the course of the week. Additionally, freezers work harder when they’re not full, so by keeping it stacked it’ll be wasting less energy. Here are some excellent recipes that can be thrown in the freezer.
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