Saving Energy At Home Top 5

Written by PayPlan on 25 July 2008

EDF raise gas bills by 22%

With today’s announcement that EDF will be raising gas bills by up to 22% and electricity bills by up to 17% on the 25th July, there has never been a better time to think about saving energy at home – saving you money and the environment from global warming. Here’s a simple list showing 5 easy ways for you to save energy at home.

Saving Energy at Home Top 5

1. Home insulation

It’s the middle of summer, and the last thing you’ll want to be thinking about is insulating your home. However, saving energy at home requires forward planning, especially if you have a hectic day-to-day schedule. There are obvious things that you can do, such as making sure you’re using insulated curtains, have working draft excluders and ensuring windows are properly sealed. More serious insulation jobs include installing attic and wall insulation and getting your central heating system and boiler serviced regularly so that it performs efficiently. There are grants available for certain types of insulation work. You can find out more about these from Warm Front, a government led initiative providing financial assistance for certain groups of people enabling them to pay for some home insulation work.

2. Switch off appliances

One of the simplest ways of saving energy at home is to ensure that all your appliances are fully switched off when you’re not using them. This involves switching off and unplugging anything that’s not in use. Everybody knows that TVs and DVD recorders that are left on standby use unnecessary electricity, but ask yourself whether you actually follow this advice – if not, then get into the habit of switching things off, especially at night.

3. Switch off lights

It’s summer, it stays light until late into the evening and even on the gloomiest of days there’s usually enough light in your home to move around safely. Where you do need to use the lights, get into the habit of turning them off when they’re not in use – especially when you’re not in the room, no matter how short a period of time this might be. Electric lighting is designed for our convenience, but this works both ways – it’s just as convenient to turn them off as it is to leave them on.

4. Cook wisely

Use pots and pans that are the right size for the type and quantity of food that you’re cooking. If you use gas, never let the flames lick up the sides of your pans. This will not only help you save energy at home, but can prevent you from potentially ruining your pans. Finally, and this also applies to the use of your kettle, only heat enough liquid or water in your cooking or when making a hot drink as you actually need – it’s pointless boiling more water than necessary and then letting it cool down.

5. Temperature controls

Save energy at home by only heating your house to 18 – 21°C when necessary – set your thermostat accordingly. Similarly, when washing your clothes, use temperatures below 40°C or use the washing machine’s economy programme settings.

Energy at home – Energy Saving Trust

You can get further advice about saving energy at home from the Energy Saving Trust. The Energy Saving Trust provides impartial advice on making energy savings around the home, advice on energy saving products and even advice for those who are thinking about generating their own energy at home.

Reducing carbon footprint saves energy at home

Keeping an eye on your carbon footprint will also help with saving energy at home and consequently your wallet will feel heavier and your environmental impact will be less. To find out how your carbon footprint affects the environment and how you can improve your contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, visit The UK Carbon Footprint Project run by Google.

Are energy bills leaving you with a debt problem?

If you’re struggling to pay you debts because of the increasing costs of energy at home, give Payplan a call on 0800 280 2816 for confidential advice about your debt. Help can also be found online by submitting your debt problem online.

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One thought on “Saving Energy At Home Top 5”

  • sam

    September 2, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    I read with interest your tips to save energy in the home. Last week we saw another energy provider putting their costs up by over 30% which is going to hit the consumer pretty hard. There is even talk that energy costs may increase again in the new year. With all this bad news about there is never a better time to buy energy efficient appliances. The best energy rated products are going to further reduce the amount of electricity used in the home. Now I am not saying rush out and buy new appliances, after all we are all watching the pennies. If we think about the energy rate as well as colour and style we can cut our bills and reduce carbon emissions. Do we really need standby?

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