Top energy saving tips for this Summer
Now more than ever, people are trying to make a conscious effort to reduce the cost of their energy bills. Due to supply and demand on the global wholesale market, households are facing a steep increase in their energy bills.
So what can you do to reduce the cost of your bills?
There are lots of small changes you can make within your household this summer that will make a massive impact on your bills. As well as saving money on your bills you will also be reducing your carbon footprint.
What’s our first tip?
Make the change to LED light bulbs. Believe it or not the average home has 67 lightbulbs in it, the difference you could make to switching to LED bulbs would be massive. Regular light bulbs waste so much excess energy on the amount of heat they produce. A massive 90% of an incandescent light bulb’s energy goes on the heat it emits.
Not only will switching to an LED lightbulb save you massive amounts of money over the course of the year, but they also last over 10x longer than normal bulbs. So although you may spend slightly more on the initial bulbs, they will last longer, save you money and reduce CO2 emissions. What more could you want?
A simple one
If you’re not using it, unplug it. It’s easy to forget to unplug devices, lights, chargers etc. when we’re not using them, we are all guilty of it. But even if you’re not using it, you will still be using and wasting electricity. If your plug socket has anything plugged in and switch on, regardless of whether you are using it or not, it is drawing electricity through that plug socket.
Even something as simple as that little clock that flashes on your oven even when its not in use, is wasting energy. Now we aren’t saying, go and unplug your oven every time you aren’t cooking but making a small change like unplugging chargers, lamps and tv’s would make a huge difference.
Yes, standby mode is convenient, but in reality, it’s not doing much, just encouraging us to be lazier. So, follow the simple rule of if you’re not using it, unplug it.
This one is so obvious. Embrace summer! Spend more time outside, make the most of the sunny weather and the bright nights. Let the natural light do all the work and avoid using lighting throughout your home because you shouldn’t need to.
Lighting accounts for around 15% of your electricity bill, so making this change throughout the summer months will definitely make a noticeable difference.
If you really want to push the boat out during the sunnier months, installing solar panels in time for summer will generate lots of your own electricity and you will reap the benefits. You could even store it in batteries and save it for times that need it most, like the colder and darker nights.
If you want more information on how to make better choices this summer and start thinking about switching to renewable energy sources, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss great sustainable options with you.
Also head over to our Case Studies to see the impact some of our renewable energy installations have already had across the UK.