Why not track your energy use this Big Energy Saving Week
Our research has revealed that the average Brit has up to six tracking apps or tools, spending 30 minutes every day crunching the numbers! But we're still in the dark when it comes to our energy usage around the home. Despite the fact that saving energy helps reduce our carbon footprint and our bills...
Why is saving energy important?
By becoming more aware of how much energy you’re using, you can make simple changes in your home to reduce it. And using less energy could mean lower energy bills. But not only that. The small changes you make to reduce your energy consumption in your home can also help you reduce your carbon footprint. So not only is energy saving at home great for your bank account, but it can also help the environment too! A double win.
How can you save energy this Energy Saving Week?
Despite the benefits of energy-saving, over half (59%) of Brits don't know how to track their energy usage at all! They just pay their gas and electricity bills without investigating further. So, we’ve gathered some top tips to help you manage your energy usage...
Improve the energy efficiency of your home
Your favourite chore likely isn’t laundry. And costly washing machines and tumble dryers don’t help. But it is important to remember that washing your clothes at 30°C will be fine for everyday cleaning.
And this uses 38% less energy than washing at 40°C according to consumer group Which?. And if there's a tumble dryer in your home, try to resist the urge to chuck your laundry in there straight from the washing machine.
It is much less costly to hang your clothes on a clothes horse or washing line (if you have one).
Draught-proof your home
Even a small draught can make your home colder. So, you should insulate the sides of your doors and windows with simple strip insulation and draught sealers. These are widely available at DIY shops.
Also, get a draught excluder to place at the foot of any outside doors to block out breezes. Do this and your home will feel cosier instantly.
And if you can, add thick or thermal lined curtains to your home. These will help to keep draughts at bay around windows or doors, particularly if you only have single glazing.
Request a smart meter
One of the easiest ways to monitor your usage is to get a smart meter installed.
Smart meters come with a handy in-home display that allows you to see how much energy you are using in pounds and pence, so you can take control of your energy usage and take steps to reduce it.
Visit our smart meter reviews page to find out how people are saving money and energy with their smart meters.
Want more energy-saving tips?
There are more simple changes you can make in your home to reduce your electricity and gas usage. From switching off lights to washing your clothes at a lower temperature:
Don’t have a smart meter, but want one?
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You may also be interested in...
- Energy-saving tips- want to take control of your usage but not sure where to start? Check out our energy-saving tips.
- How smart meters are helping people save money- Read these smart meter reviews and see how people are using their smart meters to save money and budget more easily.
- How smart meters upgrade our energy system- find out why smart meters are so important for Britain's energy upgrade.