Are you energy smart? Do you have good energy habits? These top tips will help you save energy and reduce your bills.
These days the cost of living is going up. Energy costs are rising and bills are getting more expensive. Winter is coming. Keeping your home warm during the cold months means higher bills. Being energy smart can help you save money.
It is so easy to waste energy without realising it. How often have you left a room and left the light on? Do you leave the television running in an empty room? Simply turning these off can help save pennies. As my mum always says “Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves.”
Monitor your energy use with smart meters
The British government are currently encouraging people to change their gas and electricity meters to smart meters. These meters keep track of your energy use and send a reading to your energy company regularly via the mobile phone network. They also come with a smart energy monitor so you can see exactly how much energy you are using. When you boil a kettle you can see exactly how much it costs. It can help you understand how much energy you are using.
These meters allow you to keep track of how much energy you are using everyday. This ensures you are not hit with a massive unexpected bill at the end of the month. Smart meters also stop the problem with estimated bills. You no longer have to wait for a meter reader to get the correct bill. British Gas is leading the way and is offering smart meters to all customers by 2020. It is simpler than ever to keep track of your energy spending.
Energy saving tips to help you be energy smart
I recently got a smart meter and I love it. It is great to be able to see exactly how much energy I am using. It is also useful for helping to identify where I can save energy. My son has a terrible habit of leaving the television on when he is not using it. I am trying to educate him to turn it off and save us money. Showing him the smart meter monitor that comes free with the meters shows him that it puts more money on the bill.
The smart energy monitor is also helpful in identifying where I can save money. When I turn on an appliance I can see exactly how much energy it uses. I can easily find out what uses the most energy and where I could save.
I have put together a list of energy saving tips to help you be energy smart. If you have any other tips do let me know below.
Save money on heating
Heating and hot water add a large amount to your fuel bills. When it is cold it is tempting to have the heating on full blast. Following a few simple steps can help you reduce your fuel bills.
- Wrap up warmly. Wearing jumpers and socks and wrapping up in a blanket can help you feel warm without having to turn on the heating.
- Add an extra blanket to your bed. This will keep you cosy through the night and you won’t need heating till the morning.
- Think about when you need heating. If you are out all day you will only need to turn on the heating in the morning and for a short while at night.
- Get a thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves. This allows you to only heat the rooms you need and to keep the rooms at a consistent temperature. Turning your thermostat temperature down can also save money.
- Let the sun in when it is sunny but close curtains when it is dark to keep the heat in.
- Draught proof your windows and doors to prevent heat escaping.
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Get efficient in the kitchen
- The oven can use a lot of energy. Why not try and batch cook a couple of things at once? This will not only save time but it saves energy. You can freeze some of the meals to use later.
- After using the oven leave the door open to warm up the kitchen.
- Use the right size pan on the right size ring. Using a large pan on a small ring will use more energy as it takes more time to heat up.
- When making a cuppa only add the amount of water you need to the kettle. Kettles can use a lot of energy to boil. Using less water will make them boil quicker. A cup of tea is always a great way to warm up.
- Use a bowl when washing up instead of a running tap. This way you do not need to use so much hot water.
Save energy when doing the laundry
- Wait for a full load before running the washing machine. The less cycles you do the more energy you save.
- Wash clothes at a lower temperature. A washing machine uses most of its energy in heating the water so lowering the temperature saves money.
- Hang out your laundry. A tumble dryer uses a lot of energy so hang your clothes out to dry when the weather allows.
- Fold clothes when they are dry. This helps prevent them creasing and saves money on ironing.
General energy saving
- Unplug appliances you are not using. Leaving a phone charger plugged in will use energy even it is not in use.
- Turn appliances off rather than leaving them on standby.
- Get LED light bulbs. These use less energy than regular bulbs and will save lots of energy.
- Turn off lights when you leave a room.
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Do you have a smart meter? Do you find it easier to manage your bills with it? Let me know below.
This post is in conjunction with British Gas® but all thoughts are my own.