1. Check how much running your appliances may cost you
Just bought a new home appliance and wondering how much it is costing you to run? Maybe your tempted by a new, energy efficient washing machine but unsure if it'll really cost you less in the long run.
From kettles to heaters, our Energy Usage Calculator can help give you a better idea of how much you're spending on each appliance. All you need is the appliance's energy rating (either in Watts or Kilowatts) and an idea of how long you use it for.
2. Check your tariff
Guernsey Electricity offers a number of different electricity tariffs, which are designed to fit the needs of different customers.
Take our Super Economy 12 tariff for example. It’s divided into two rates. The lower rate is made available to customers for a 12-hour period each day. The 12 low hour hours of low rate is made up of a 10-hour period overnight and a 2-hour period during the day. The normal rate applies for the remaining 12 hours.
So, if you can you may want to consider using your appliances – such as washing machines or dish wishers – during times of your lower rate. For more information on Guernsey Electricity tariffs you can call 01481 200700, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here.
3.Turn down the thermostat
Okay, it may not necessarily make you the most popular person in your house. But, did you know that turning down your heating by just one degree could take up to 10% off your bill? Installing certain heating controls could also help look after the pennies.
When properly controlled, electric heating and hot water cylinders work more economically. Thermostats and programmers stop the devices using electricity unnecessarily and can help in the use of electricity low rate times.
4. Have a (quick) shower
You may love a long, hot soak in the bath – especially when it’s cold outside. However, a shower can be faster and cheaper – and that’s good for your pocket. And it’s estimated that just one minute less in the shower every day could save up to £7 off your annual energy bills per person.
5. How efficient are your energy appliances?
Newer appliances such as cookers, fridges, freezers and washing machines are more energy efficient than they used to be therefore, they use less energy. You may not see an immediate saving, but you will benefit longer term. Check out our Energy Usage Calculator.
6. Fix leaking taps
Avoid literally dropping money down the drain by checking any leaky taps. A dripping hot water tap can waste more than 5,000 litres of water a year.
Did you know that alongside qualified electricians, we also have a team of plumbers? Give our team a call when you're in need of an expert.
7. Making an efficient brew
Get your winter-warmer cuppa quicker as well, by only filling up the kettle with as much as water as you need. This simple tip means you’ll use less energy as well.
In need of a better brew? Discover our wide range of easy-to-use home appliances including kettles, toasters, and microwaves in our shop at Northside, The Bridge.
8. TV Standby switch off
Sometimes there’s nothing better when it’s cold and dark outside than cosying up on the sofa and watching your favourite soap or movie. However, you could save money by one simple thing. According to the UK’s Energy Saving Trust, homeowners can save around £30 a year by turning appliances off standby mode. If you're feeling really efficient, you could even unplug your TV from the socket when it's not being used to save yourself even more.
Before turning appliances off at the plug, check the instructions if you’re not sure. Some digital TV and satellite recorders may need to remain plugged in to track programmes that you want to record for example.
9. Switch and save with Electric heating
If you're on a home heating system run by fossil-fuels (gas and oil), there are many ways you could save by switching to an electric-powered heating system. Electric heating running costs are lower than gas, and more efficient than oil. Plus, electricity is the more environmentally friendly way to heat your home.
Find out more about the many ways you can save by switching to electric heating this winter.
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