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6 quick tips to instantly lower your energy bills

With energy costs sky-rocketing, it's never been more important for homeowners to be conscious of the energy they're consuming.

It seems there’s never been a more vital time for us as homeowners to keep a close eye on our energy usage. And, while some changes we can make around the home are obvious, others are more subtle, yet extremely effective when combined…

1. Lower your washing temperature – £34 per year

Though the use of washing machines can be pretty much considered unavoidable in today’s day and age, there are still ways we can reduce a washing machine’s energy usage.

The first is to limit the temperature that we set our washers to. By setting the washing machine to no more than 30 degrees on each wash, we can reduce the energy consumption on every single wash. And realistically, this isn’t going to result in clothes being any less clean.

If we can do this whilst reducing washing machine use by one run per week, we can save around £34 per year. This may not seem like much, but combined with the following tips, it’s certainly worth considering.

2. Avoid the tumble drier – £70 per year

The tumble drier is notorious for its high energy consumption. But, unlike the washing machine, is much easier to avoid. By simply spending £5-10 on a maiden to hang wet clothes on, we can completely eliminate the need for the tumble drier altogether.

As a result, we can shave upwards of £70 per year off of our energy bills.

3. Shower, don’t bath – £185

As of October 2022, having a heated bath in the UK can cost up to £1.26. That means, bathing every day can cost almost £460 per year. On the other hand, a 6-minute shower costs up to £1.12.

A small difference, but by the end of the year, you’ll have saved around £50. If you go a step further and reduce your shower time to 4 minutes, your cost will be around £0.75 per shower, making your annual savings around £185.

Quick tip: Most songs are around 4 minutes long, so hit play on your favourite song just before you get in the shower, and try to get out before the song ends.

4. Even better… Shower at the gym – £400 per year

If you’re already paying for a gym membership, why not make the most of your membership fee?

Showering once per day at a price of up to £1.12 brings the total annual cost to over £400. So, get yourself to the gym and cut that extra cost from your outgoings!

5. Upgrade your light bulbs – £150 per year

Many of us have got this old-age tip ticked off. But, it’s certainly still worth mentioning. Lighting makes up a massive 11% of the average UK home’s electricity consumption, so switching to energy-saving bulbs is vital.

LEDs are the most energy-efficient type of light bulb. In fact, they use almost 90% less energy than traditional incandescents. Switching just one of your 100-watt incandescent bulbs for an LED one would save you around £15 per year.

How many light bulbs do you have in your home? 10? 20? If you can upgrade 10 bulbs from incandescents to LEDs, you can save yourself £150 per year in energy usage.

6. Get devices off stand-by mode – £65 per year

This is one we’re all guilty of. Switching a device “off” and leaving it in stand-by mode does reduce costs compared to leaving it on. However, the device is still using energy.

In fact, standby consumption accounts for 2% of total electricity consumption. Considering that this power is not used and simply leaks away, it’s worth fully shutting down things like computers, printers, and televisions.

If you do, you can save around £65 per year.

Let’s add this up…

I think it’s fair to say that making these changes is reasonably easy for must of us to do. And if we do, we can save around £900 per year. With that money, you could pay for a round trip to somewhere in Europe for a long weekend, or simply use the monthly savings of £75 to pay off a credit card!