How to save on electricity & gas
Winter is coming and we’re all aware by now that increased energy prices are to be expected too! We thought to share some of these simple energy-saving tips, to get you through winter without coming out the other side with a massive bill.
1. Turn off standby appliances
A pretty simple one: turn appliances off at the plug!
2. Install a smart thermostat
Smart thermostats can make your heating more efficient by only warming the rooms you are using.
3. Turn down your thermostat
Almost half the money spent on energy bills is absorbed by heating and hot water costs.
Turning your heating down by just one degree could save a lot. Time to get out the thicker clothes, dressing gowns, boot slippers and snuggly blankets. Rugs are also great for keeping the heat in a room!
4. Buy efficient appliances
When it is time to swap appliances, going for one with a high energy-efficiency rating can be worth the investment. A+++ appliances will use a lot less energy.
Need help switching light bulbs or installing new appliances? Post on Co-Tasker now and find help fast!
5. Install a new boiler
You can save energy by upgrading your old boiler to a new A-rated condensing boiler with a programmer, room thermostat and thermostatic radiator controls. Before doing so, double-check with your landlord whether you’re allowed to do this.
6. Draught-proof your property
A cold draught can cause your home to lose heat, which makes it more tempting to turn the heating up. Seal cracks in your floors and skirting boards and block an unused chimney to reduce your heating bills!
If you don't have double glazing, you can buy plastic lining for your windows to save energy and keep more heat in.
Haven’t installed curtains yet? They can also keep the warmth in. Need help installing something? Hire a Co-Tasker to help you with that.
7. Wash clothes at a lower temperature
Washing at 30 degrees rather than 40 degrees can help reduce your usage, and if you can cut out one wash cycle per week even better.
8. Be smarter about water
- Buy a more efficient shower head and try to cut one minute off every shower (You can also turn the water off when you lather).
- Lather your dishes and rinse them after. Don’t run that tap for long periods.
- Going to the gym? Why not shower there and come home either fresh and ready to start your day or clean and ready to jump into your PJs?