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With just a little planning, you could turn the appliances and things in your home into real money savers. It’s all about knowing how. Here are just some of the ways you can cut back on your energy use and save money. You’ll also find tons of brilliant energy saving tips here.
Keep a lid on it
When using your saucepans, always put the lid on. That way you’ll use less energy as the heat remains in the pan and your food cooks more quickly.
A cooler washing machine means lower costs
With today’s efficient detergents there’s often no need to run your washing machine at high temperatures. Instead, set it to 30°C and not only will you use less energy, you’ll find your washing should have been cleaned just as effectively. Read more on that here.
Full loads make bigger savings
Although many washing machines have a half-load setting, this saves very little energy and works out as much less efficient per garment washed, compared to a full load. A more efficient solution is to do fewer yet bigger washes per week. This also works for your dryer – always pop a full load in instead of doing lots of little ones. And if you throw a couple of tennis balls in too, they’ll create air pockets that help dry things quicker.
Clean filters cost you less
Many appliances like extractor fans and driers have filters in them. Check these regularly to make sure they’re not clogged up with grease or fluff. Clean filters help your appliances run more efficiently and use less energy.
Switch off to save
It seems like a small thing, but if you remember to turn things off at the wall, you could save lots of energy that’s wasted on standby and display lights.
Get water savvy
Try and avoid running the tap while your brushing your teeth – it’s a really easy way to cut back on your water use. Showers can be the biggest culprits, so it can be a good idea to fit in a shower timer or an energy efficient showerhead.
Insulate the loft
Insulating your loft is one of the best ways to keep the heat in. It’s estimated that you can lose up to a quarter of your heat through an uninsulated roof. Even if your loft has been insulated, it’s worth checking it’s at the recommended 270mm.
Look for the ‘eco’ setting
See that setting marked ‘eco’ on your dishwasher? Nudge the dial round to there so the water heats up more slowly, using less energy. The wash will probably take a bit longer though. The same applies to the ‘eco’ button on your boiler, if you have one. Using it means you don’t get instant hot water – it will run lukewarm for a short while – because it stops the boiler from keeping a small tank of water continually heated.
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