26 Simple Tips to Save Energy at Home

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The 26 tips to save energy outlined in this report are easy to follow and implement.

Saving energy is like putting money back into your pocket. These tips to save energy will pay for all the modifications you make, typically within 3 or 4 years.

The price of electricity and gas is going up and set to go even higher. This will eat into household budgets and squeeze already tight financial situations in most homes across the country.

With these tips to save energy and some simple energy saving measures at home, you can enjoy a dramatic drop in energy bills.

Some of these tips are expensive to implement and take time to pay back your investment through lower energy bills. But there are other inexpensive tips to save energy which offer immediate returns.

Follow as many of these measures as possible to enjoy the greatest savings.

Easy Tips To Save Energy

1. Old homes are the worst offenders when it comes to wasting energy. They leak hot or cool air through gaps, cracks, holes and badly aligned doors or windows.

Plugging these gaps can help to conserve energy and save money.

Buy weather proofing products for doors and windows.  Use sealants for holes and cracks, and skirting boards for the gaps under doors and windows. These changes will cost between 100 and 150 pounds for materials, and a little more if you hire a professional to do the work.

By reducing leaks, you will save at least 50 pounds every year in heating and cooling costs.

2. Turn off all electrical appliances that are not in use.

  • On the way out of a room, switch off lights and fans.
  • Turn off your television and music system when they are not in use.
  • Once you finish work, switch off any computers and laptops.

Doing these things consistently and regularly can save your household 50 to 90 pounds every year, according to data provided by the Energy Saving Trust.

3. Wash your clothes at a low temperature setting on your washing machine. This will extend the life of the clothes and save energy that is otherwise wasted heating the water.

4. Dry clothes outside on a clothesline on dry and sunny days instead of using the dryer.  This reduces the electricity consumption for a wash cycle and saves money.

5. Use a bucket or container to collect hot water to wash dishes. Leaving the hot water tap running wastes a lot of hot water which in turn consumes more energy to heat water in the boiler again.

Energy Saving Tips In Your Kitchen

6. Use pans and kettles of the proper size (neither too big or too small) while cooking. Use small gas rings for small pans to optimize energy utilization.

7. Cook in the minimum amount of water necessary in order to avoid wasting gas.

8. Cover pans and dishes while cooking food so that you will conserve heat and finish cook faster.

9. After liquids reach boiling point, turn down the burner to conserve energy for the remaining period of cooking.

10. In the shower, use a water-saving shower head to minimize the amount of hot water used without compromising on your showering experience.

Water-efficient shower heads can save around 70 pounds every month on heating costs and another 100 pounds in water bills for a family of four.

Some More Energy Saving Secrets

Want some more energy saving ideas? Well, here are a few more tips to save energy…

11. Insulate your walls, floors and ceilings. Homes built before 1920 are not properly insulated. They need to be retro-fit with insulation.

Lofts should have at least 10-inch thick insulation for optimal heat conservation. Loft insulation alone can save you 180 pounds every year in heating costs.

12. Install heating controls in your hot water boiler. This will help you adjust the temperature and get the right amount of hot water when you need it.

13. Thermostats help regulate room temperature and keep energy utilization for heating at the minimum. Set the temperature based on your needs and the time of the day when you typically use the room.

14. Turn down the thermostat by 2 to 3 degrees. Wear woolens and warm socks if you feel uncomfortable. This modest change can save you almost 100 pounds in heating bills.

15. Change all your old light bulbs to low-energy bulbs. CFL and LED bulbs save an average of 60 pounds in electricity charges every year.

16. Set aside a day for baking to avoid wasting energy every time you need to heat the oven to the right temperature.

17. Leave the oven door open after baking on cold days to let the warmth from your oven heat the room.

18. Keep the fridge and freezer full to reduce the load on your compressor and save energy.

And There’s More…

Enjoying what you’re reading about? Here are a few more tips to save energy.

19. Scrape dirty dishes before loading them into the dishwasher. Avoid using the pre-wash cycle to save on hot water consumption.

20. On warm days, open your drapes to let natural sunshine warm the room.

21. Install solar water heaters to meet your hot water needs.

22. Install solar panels that can generate free electricity and help you get paid through feed-in tariffs from the government.

23. Teach your kids to save energy by devising energy-saving games.

24. Switch off mobile-chargers and other devices after the battery is fully charged.

25. Install ceiling fans to circulate air from the air-conditioner and make the room uniformly cool.

26. Check your energy bills to see if you are locked in a higher tariff plan. Switching to lower priced energy suppliers could save you 400 pounds or more every year.

So there you have it… 26 simple tips to save energy at home – and also cut down on your energy bill so you’ll have a bit more money in your hand.

For more on how to save on energy bills and put some extra cash in your pocket, check out our special report on how to ‘Save On Energy Bills