How to save electricity
From reading your meters regularly to unplugging your appliances when not in use, there are many small things that can be done to save electricity.
Here are two of the main areas where you can have the most impact:
Be conservative with your lighting, by taking advantage of natural light whenever possible and by turning lights off when not in use.
If you swap all of the light bulbs within your home for energy efficient bulbs, you could save around £30 a year.*
While upgrading to energy efficient appliances, as rated in accordance with EU Energy Labels, is the quickest way to reduce your electricity bills, there are many things you can do to improve the efficiency of your existing appliances.
Fridges and freezers
Keeping your fridge and freezer full will drastically reduce the amount of electricity it uses. Not having to work as hard to cool the empty spaces, the more you load your fridge and freezer the better.
Dishwashers, washing machines and tumble driers
By limiting use to full loads only, and by turning the temperature settings down by just a few degrees, you can make significant savings.
Computers and gadgets
Unplugging all computers and gadgets when they’re not in use, in addition to chargers, could save hundreds of pounds in wasted energy each year.
Rather than leaving TVs on standby, switch them off at the socket, and instead of enabling your computer’s screensaver mode, put it to sleep or turn off the monitor’s power. This along could save a typical household between £50-90 per year.*
*Source: Energy Saving Trust