Get energy fit with Zanna van Dijk
Personal trainer and fitness blogger Zanna van Dijk is known for her passion for staying in shape, healthy living and making small sustainable swaps for a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
Now, Zanna has taken on a new two-week challenge to get energy fit. Using her smart meter, she tracked her energy use just like she tracks other areas of her life such as fitness, sleep and mindfulness. With the help of her smart meter’s handy in-home display, she’s been able to work out ways she could make small and effective changes to reduce energy waste and keep track of the impact her lifestyle changes were having.
Be 'shower savvy'
Showers use significantly less energy than baths, but they also allow you to take control and turn down the amount of hot water you use while washing, helping to save a little bit of energy each time. You can also try reducing your shower time, even if it’s just a minute - it all adds up.
Make smart kitchen swaps
An easy switch you can make in the kitchen is only boiling the amount of water you need in the kettle. If you’re only making one cuppa, just use one cup’s worth of water, you’d be surprised how much energy and money you can save!
Putting on full washing machine loads of clothing and cleaning at an eco-friendly 30 degrees is another easy way you can change your routine to be more energy efficient.
Try one pan meals
Another easy step you can take to save energy in the kitchen, is using one cooking device or means of cooking instead of a few different ones. One pan meals are a great way to save energy and hassle – check out Zanna’s one pan recipe using beans, lentils, veg and lively herbs and spices on her YouTube channel.
Make your swaps a habit
A small sustainable swap you can make every day is switching off your devices when they aren’t in use, instead of leaving them on standby. Turning the lights off when you leave a room is another easy way to make a big difference.
Once it’s part of your day-to-day behavior, saving energy becomes second nature.
Try these heating hacks
Before the depths of winter finally kick in, stick an extra layer on before you put the heating on - that might be all you need. But when it does get a bit chilly, try setting your thermostat to one degree lower than usual - every little counts and you won’t even feel the difference!
Zanna also recommends closing the curtains at night to help to keep the heat in, and stop it from, quite literally, going straight out of the window!
Get a smart meter
After taking part in her two-week challenge, Zanna said:
“I’m so grateful I got to take this challenge as it has inspired me to make lasting sustainable swaps to my lifestyle. When you’re confronted with your energy use on a little screen, it’s hard to avoid making changes – it’s the ultimate motivation.”
Smart meters tell you exactly how much energy you’re spending in pounds and pence and in near real time. If you rent your home and take care of your energy bill, you can get a smart meter installed. Contact your energy supplier to get your smart meter installed, at no extra cost.
Read Zanna’s blog to find out more about her challenge and try out her tips for how you can get energy fit.