5 FREE WAYS TO SAVE ENERGY AND CUT YOUR BILLS
5 top tips from utilitygo.com on how to cut your energy wastage and reduce your utility bills that won’t cost you a penny, but could save you £100’s on your annual household energy bills.
TURN DOWN YOUR THERMOSTAT BY 10C
By turning your thermostat down by just 10C you could be saving up to £90 off your annual heating bill and cut your household carbon emissions by nearly 360kg.
ANNUAL SAVING OF UP TO £90
HALF THE AMOUNT YOU TUMBLE DRY
A tumble dryer costs around £0.35 per hour to run and the average annual cost is around £86. Try air drying half of your normal loads (more if you can) outside or on a clothes horse.
ANNUAL SAVING OF UP TO £43
(Based on a 50% reduction in use)
TAKE SHORTER SHOWERS AND DITCH THE BATH
Showers are expensive to run. With the annual cost of running one around £86. Try reducing the time in the shower by 25%. That’s only 2 minutes off an average shower time of 8 minutes. Do you need more than 6 minutes in a shower anyway?
ANNUAL SAVING OF UP TO £21.50
(By reducing shower time by 25% off an 8-minute shower)
IF YOU’RE NOT USING IT TURN IT OFF
It’s very difficult to give a figure on how much you could be saving by turning off electronics as we all use them for different reasons. But as a rule of thumb, if you’re not using it TURN IT OFF AT THE PLUG and TURN OFF LIGHTS as you leave the room. It’s not always about the money, we need to get in the habit of only using what we need.
WASH CLOTHES AT A COOLER TEMPERATURE
Around 90% of the energy your washing machine uses goes on heating the water and according to the Energy Savings Trust washing your clothes at 300C will use around 40% less electricity than higher temperatures. Just remember that some items need to be washed at a high temperature so always check the label.
ANNUAL SAVING OF UP TO £13
(Based on lowering temperature to 300C per wash)
All figures are estimates utilitygo.com cannot guarantee exact savings