The recent rise in energy prices amid consecutive winter cold snaps is a concern for many households. However, there are immediate and accessible opportunities for saving energy at home that don’t require extensive time or resources.
These are not long-term, costly solutions like window replacements or cavity wall insulation. Instead, they are quick fixes that can be implemented today or in the coming week, providing immediate relief to your energy bills.
Let’s look at what these are.
Use Smart Tech at Home
Smart thermostats, like those from Hive and Nest, offer significant energy savings by pairing with companion apps that use smartphone location detection.
Alerts will remind you to turn off your heating when leaving, with a remote control enabling efficient adjustments. Nest’s learning thermostats, for example, have shown savings between 8.4% and 16.5% in energy consumption.
Meanwhile, Hive’s thermostat claims potential savings of up to £311 annually. While professional installation is recommended for most, Nest’s £99 Thermostat E is designed for self-installation.
Invest in Energy-Efficient Appliances
When shopping for new appliances, prioritize those with an A energy rating as it signifies higher efficiency.
The new labeling system ranges from A to G and applies to various kitchen appliances, light sources, televisions, and electronic displays. Size matters as well, so ensure you compare appliances of similar sizes with the same energy rating.
For instance, a larger fridge with a better rating may still be more efficient than a smaller one with a lower rating.
Additionally, replace incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient alternatives, such as LED bulbs, which are highly efficient and produce minimal heat.
Layer Enough Clothing
You can also save on heating costs by opting for warmer clothing indoors, such as jeans, thermal socks, and a jumper. Consider wearing slippers to keep your feet warm and reduce the need for higher thermostat settings.
According to the Energy Savings Trust, lowering a room thermostat by just one degree can save £80 and 320kg of carbon emissions annually. This small adjustment, combined with appropriate clothing, can make a significant difference to your heating bill.
Air-Dry Your Clothes
Lastly, you can save energy and reduce costs by air-drying your clothes instead of using a tumble dryer.
In winter, consider using indoor airers like a Vileda airer or Amazon basics table airer. Sheila Maid clothes airers are suitable for homes with high ceilings, while over-the-door racks can be an affordable option.
Also, avoid blocking radiators with airers, as this can reduce the efficiency of your heating system and lead to higher costs. Opt for strategic placement to allow heat to circulate effectively and warm the room.