Whether you’re environmentally conscious, or simply budget conscious, there are a plenty of small changes you can make in your home to help reduce energy consumption and save money.
In the Kitchen
By adapting your usual kitchen habits, you can make big savings. For example, did you know that kettles use a surprising amount of energy? Instead of filling the kettle to the brim each time you use it – just boil what you need. In addition, you can set your washing machine to wash clothes at 30 degrees, or air dry clothes instead of using a tumble dryer. These small changes can add up to as much as £40 off your annual energy bills.
In the Living Room
Do your TV, games consoles and surround sound equipment sit on standby when you leave the room? If they do, they’re wasting energy. The average DVD player wastes up to £15 a year when sitting on standby, so make sure the whole family gets into the habit of switching off.
In the Bathroom
By taking a shower instead of a bath, you can conserve energy and reduce your bills, while also reducing water waste. An average bath uses 80 litres of water, while and the average shower uses just 35 litres. Invest in a water-efficient shower head, which cuts your hot water consumption while still letting you enjoy a hot shower, and you can reduce this to as little as 10 gallons. Making these simple switches could save your family up to £75 a year.
All over the home
By replacing standard bulbs with energy saving light bulbs, and halogen bulbs with efficient LEDs, you could use up to 80% less electricity to light up your home; which could lead to big savings on your energy bills. Another small way to make a big impact is to switch off lights in rooms that you aren’t using. Remembering to flick that switch when you leave a room can save you more than 10% on your energy bills each year.
Your central heating is important, but setting it up to run efficiently can save you money. Did you know that turning your thermostat down by just 1 degree can save you £65 per year?
In a new home
The cost of living in a draughty, poorly-insulated home can add up. Moving to a new home is a big change, but it will have the largest impact on your energy consumption. Living in a poorly insulated home can cost almost £200 extra in heating bills every year.
Each of our new homes has been cleverly designed and built to the highest standards, with high quality insulation, heat-retaining windows and doors, and brand new heating and hot water systems. All of this helps to minimise heat loss and conserve energy without sacrificing any comfort.
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