Why not try these 13 free energy-saving tips from our friends at USwitch:
1. Let the sunshine in - On a sunny day, opening your curtains will let warmth into your house. Otherwise, on a cold day keep them closed – especially on draughty windows.
2. Turn the pressure down on the power shower, you’d be surprised how much water they use – sometimes even more than a bath.
3. Save time and stock up - If you’re going to use the oven, bake a few meals at a time to get the most out of having your oven on.
4. Let the dishwasher do the dirty work – Avoid pre-rinsing the dishes in hot water. Save water and energy by just scraping the dishes before they go in.
5. Make things easy for your fridge and freezer – Keeping them full means they don’t have to work as hard and use less energy.
6. Use the right ring for the right thing - If your cooker has a small ring, use a small pan. You might only be heating up a small meal, and doing so in a big pan wastes a lot of energy.
7. Shrink your bills, not your clothes – 90% of a washing machine’s energy expenditure is spent on heating the water, so if you wash your clothes at 30-40 °C you’re saving significant amounts of money. It isn’t all that necessary to use a hotter setting and it’s better for your clothes.
8. Hang up your laundry – Air-dry your laundry rather than tumble drying it, particularly if there’s warm or windy weather.
9. Save yourself ironing time – Take your clothes out of the dryer before they’re completely dry – they’ll iron much quicker.
10. Switch it off and save. Unplug all the appliances that you aren’t using regularly. Even chargers continue to use electricity when they aren’t charging. Also, make sure you’re not leaving appliances on standby.
And for the colder months...
11. Get cosy – Wearing more jumpers, socks and slippers around the house, and putting an extra blanket on the bed means you won’t be tempted to turn the heating up.
12. Heat your home with cooking – Leave the oven door open after cooking to let the heat warm your kitchen. The oven might give off enough heat for you to adjust your thermostat.
13. Stay warm, cut costs – Turning your thermostat down by 1°C can save you as much as £70 per year. Also, surprisingly, keeping your heating on constantly on a low heat could potentially save you more money than switching it on and off for big blasts of heat.
For energy-saving tips for every part of your home – From the washing up and doing the laundry to the cooking and the heating, U-Switch have got a wide range of advice that could really help make a difference to your gas and electricity bills, check out: uswitch.com/save-energy/energy-saving-tips/