In honour of the national Big Energy Savings Week 2020, we have done some digging into some of the best energy-saving hacks out there – plus introduce you to some of our own!
Air dry your washing – we all love to stick wet washing in the tumble dryer to save time, however, this is a cost way of getting your clothes dry. If its nice day outside, peg the washing out to save you some money.
Water efficient showerhead (low flow) – there’s nothing better than having a lovely hot soak in the shower but the amount of water wasted is huge. A water-efficient showerhead lets you still enjoy a relaxing shower, it just uses less water.
Close the curtains – curtains are wonderful at keeping the heat in on a cold day but is equally as good at keeping the heat out during the hot summer months which saves you wasting electricity using an electric fan.
Need a cuppa? – only use the amount of water needed to make your hot drink. Boiling a kettle full of water is a waste of energy. Keep an eye on limescale too as a build-up of this nasty substance can also cause your kettle to use more energy than it needs to.
Switch it off – according to the Energy Savings Trust, £80 a year is wasted due to appliances being left on standby. This includes television, phone chargers, stereos and games consoles.
Choose energy saving bulbs – these are quick win in helping reduce energy usage. They are low cost and come in all shapes and sizes.
Fridge / freezer – probably the most overlooked way of reducing energy usage, are these two white good items which sit in everyone’s kitchen. From maintaining correct temperature to filling empty spaces, how you use the appliances can impact your energy use. For example, make sure both are filled at least three-quarters full to stop energy loss through heating empty air.
How Better Homes Yorkshire can help save you energy
New boiler – the older your boiler, the less energy efficient it will be. If you’re eligible, we have a number of grants available to help make a new boiler more affordable. You could cut your home’s carbon dioxide emissions – saving as much as £300 a year*. You will have instant hot water. Your home should be warmer and more comfortable.
Cavity wall insulation - Cavity wall insulation can save you up to £135* per year on your energy bills. It is covered by a full 25-year guarantee. Your home will be warmer and more comfortable. It will also discourage future condensation which can cause mould to grow, as the walls and air will retain the heat. This is particularly important for people who suffer with certain allergies or chest complaints.
Loft insulation - installation can typically be completed within 2 hours (depending on size of your property). Typically, around 25% of heat is lost through poorly insulated rooms. Increasing your loft insulation to the recommended 270mm could save you up to £175* a year on your energy bills. The insulation should last for over 40 years.
Contact us now to see how we can help!