Lower your home’s carbon footprint and save money on your monthly bills, by simply following those tips. It is easier than you might have imagined!
Half-load consume a lot of energy, so a full load is much more energy efficient. Do fewer (but fuller) – wash loads instead, and try to wash in lower temperatures.
Look for the eco setting on your dishwasher or boiler and activate this. It might take more time to heat water slowly, but uses less energy.
Turning appliances off at the plug can save you up to £35 a year. A good solution is to use plug sockets that can be turned on and off via your phone, to make sure you switch unused appliances off.
Microwave will save you energy as it’s quicker than using the oven or stove. Appliances like slow cookers and air friers can save you money too.
Remember not to over-charge your mobile phones and portable devices. Instead, as soon as your device is fully charged, unplug it. Not only will this save energy and up to about £60 a year on your electricity bills, it also prolongs battery life.
Using a smart thermostat can make your heating more efficient by only warming the rooms you are using.
A smart thermostat can have any room at the right temperature at exactly the right time. It could also be controlled by your phone, which means you won’t have to come back to a cold home.
According to moneysupermarket thermostats, programmers and thermostatic radiator valves, you could save around £75 a year.
Change your old boiler for a A-rated condensing one with a programmer, room thermostat and thermostatic radiator controls. New boiler models are impressively more efficient with energy and can make a real difference on your monthly bills, saving you up to £195 a year, according to British Gas.
Double glazing insulates a house reducing your heating bill, as well as keeping the noise out.
If a semi-detached house is entirely single glazed, you could save as much as £110 a year by installing A-rated double glazing.
Insulating the roof can stop heat escaping from your home. It might cost several hundreds of pounds, but it is an investment.
During the day try to use as much natural – and free – heat as possible, through sunlight (when available). But when dusk falls, closing the curtains helps a house retaining that heat.
Explore RICOMAN domestic LED lighting solutions. Apart from turning to LEDs, we have products that save energy through smart dimming and functions such as night mode.