Energy Saving Tips

Energy Saving Tips
Posted by PFP Energy

Are you looking for simple ways to make your home more efficient and cut down on your gas and electricity costs? Look at our top tips, a clear way to reduce your consumption.

During summer:

Here are a few simple changes that you can make around the home to keep your bills down to a far cooler level during summer:

  • Keep an eye on the forecast. Take advantage of natural ventilation by keeping your windows open as you sleep at night, then closing them and your curtains in the early morning. This will capture cool air and block out the sunlight during the day.
  • Be savvy with the fan. If you do end up reaching for one then remember that they cool people, not rooms, by creating a wind chill effect. For added intensity, try putting a bowl of ice in front of the fan for an even cooler breeze. Do also remember to turn them off when you’re not in the room or invest in a automatic timer. The amount of energy that’s wasted by leaving devices on when they’re not needed is huge, so if you aren’t sitting by the fan then it’s doing nothing but wasting energy.

You can make long-term savings by changing your energy habits and using your energy more efficiently around your home. These can be simple changes and are easy to fit into your lifestyle, no matter how busy your schedule is. Here are some ideas.

Putting kettle on

In the kitchen

  • Only boil the amount of water you need. It’s quicker and uses less energy than filling the kettle right up with water that you aren’t going to use.
  • Check your taps are fully turned off when you’re not using them – this prevents unnecessary heating of water that isn’t being used.
  • Turn off appliances that don’t need to be running when not in use for example your microwave. Appliances that are left on standby continue to use energy.
  • Defrost your fridge and freezer regularly to avoid ice building up, it’s also worth checking the door seals – this will ensure your appliances are running as efficiently as possible.
Woman hanging out drying

Doing the washing

  • Wash your clothes at 30°C unless washing sheets or towels; this uses around 40% less energy than higher temperatures.
  • If you have an economy setting on your washing machine, use it whenever possible. If you can, try to wash full loads – this will help to make the most of the energy used rather than doing numerous half empty cycles.
  • If possible dry your washing outside, this is much cheaper than using a tumble dryer.
  • If you do need to dry your clothes indoors try using a washing maiden instead of the radiator. Using the radiator to dry clothes stops the heat from reaching the rest of the room.

Heating your home

  • Turning your room thermostat down by 1˚C can save you around £70 of energy annually. Do this together with setting your heating to turn off 30 minutes before you leave the house and to come on again 30 minutes before you expect to return home.
  • When your radiators are on, make sure that they are not obstructed in any way; this will ensure you are getting the full benefit of the heat produced. Curtains or furniture can easily prevent heat reaching the rest of the room.
  • At night time draw your curtains to help keep all the heat you’ve generated during the day inside your rooms. Open them during the day to let the natural light heat up your rooms.
  • If you can, keep using electric heaters to a minimum as this is one of the most expensive forms of heating.

Technology around your home

  • Avoid leaving appliances on standby when not in use as they will still consume energy. Examples of this can be TVs, consoles, music systems and computers. Unplug any phone chargers or laptop chargers that are not in use.
  • If you can, invest in a smart thermostat. This will allow you to control your heating wherever you are and avoid heating an empty home.
  • When buying new appliances look out for higher rated appliances that carry the ‘energy saving recommended’ logo, these appliances are rated in alphabetical order, A+++ being the highest and the most energy efficient with G being the lowest and least efficient.
  • Try buying energy efficient LED lightbulbs – they use less energy and can last up to ten times longer than standard bulbs.

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