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Spring cleaning the kitchen Spring cleaning the kitchen

1. Brighten your bulbs

Dusting a light bulb energy saving tip

Keep all your light bulbs clean. A layer of dust dims their brightness, make sure they’re dust-free so that if they’re dimmable you don’t have the dimmer switch turned up higher than you need. 

Turn lights off when you’re not using them. If you switch a light off for just a few seconds, you will save more energy than it takes for the light to start up again, regardless of the type of light. If a light is on in a room that you’re not using, turn it off.

If you want to find out about energy saving lightbulbs, read our handy guide.

2. De-fluff

As well as making your house feel shiny and new, a thorough spring clean helps conserve energy in your home. How? Dirt and dust can clog appliances so they don’t work as efficiently as they could. 

Add the following to your spring clean checklist to make your home more energy efficient:

Dust and vacuum around your radiators - any dust on the columns will prevent the heat from flowing freely. Avoid drying clothes on them as this increases the dust levels. Instead put the clothes on a drying rack near a radiator.

Filters in washing machines and dryers can clog up after just a handful of cycles and if they’re full of dust they won’t be efficient. Also clean the inside of the screens in both machines regularly to remove fluff and dust.

Vacuum the coils on the back of your fridge - it prevents the accumulation of dust and grime. Dirty coils mean the fridge motor has to work harder.

Clean the hob so that the rings can heat up as efficiently as possible.

3. Get a smart meter

So you can start to see the energy you’re using in pounds and pence. Smart meters are the best way to monitor what you are consuming and spending on energy because they have an in-home display that shows you the information in near real time. This will help you to work out how to make energy efficiencies and get your gas and electricity bills under control.

Smart meters will be provided and fitted by your energy supplier.

Request your smart meter