There's no doubt about it – spring is firmly in the air. With a new season comes a new opportunity to re-evaluate your home-energy usage and prepare for warmer months. To help kick off your eco-friendly home makeover, here are eight tips that could curb your energy use and save money on your electricity bill this spring.
1. Use natural ventilation and sunlight
During the day, switch off artificial lights and use windows and skylights to brighten your home. Fit your home with eco-friendly LED bulbs for even more energy saving after dark.
2. Ditch the tumble dryer
Take advantage of the longer days and warmer weather by drying your washing outdoors instead of in a tumble dryer. Our weather can be unpredictable, but you’ll notice a difference in your electricity bills if you peg out your washing whenever possible. Did you know that a 2.5kW tumble dryer would cost you around 45p per hour of usage!
3. Take control of your heating
Something as simple as turning down your thermostat by one degree can reduce your energy bills. Installing a room thermostat, a programmer and thermostatic radiator valves, and using these controls efficiently, could save you hundreds of pounds.
4. Take a shower instead of a bath
There is a strong link between the hot water you use and the size of your energy bill. With an average bath holding 80 litres of heated water, a shower is usually the best option if you really want to save on your bills. However, remember not to linger too long under the shower head if you want to use less water and save energy. An extra tip if you own a power shower is to invest in a water efficient shower head to shave the pounds off your bill.
5. Plug the leaks
Now is the perfect time to make sure your home insulation is fit for purpose all year round. Ensuring your property is well insulated will keep out the chill, save you money, and help the planet. Loft insulation and draught proofing gaps (window and doors, between floorboards and skirting boards) will reap rewards in your overall energy consumption. Just take care to avoid blocking air vents.
6. Layer up
As the evenings get warmer , stay warm and comfy long into the night by simply adding an extra layer. Rather than turning on your central heating or chucking another log on the stove, throw on a jumper or dressing gown in the spring evenings.
7. Enjoy the great outdoors
The brighter spring days bring with them plenty of opportunity to get outside and start enjoying the island. Make the most of this by taking the whole family outside and getting away from the TV and games console. Not only is this great for family time, it also means your energy-absorbing appliances will be turned off, allowing you to splash out on some ice-cream for the family with your savings.
Remember to switch appliances off at the socket and remove the plug for even more savings. On a rainy day, make sure the TV brightness is suitable for the room – the brighter the TV, the more energy it uses. Factory settings are often too bright for home use.
8. Start washing at a lower temperature
If you aren’t already doing so, try washing your clothes at a lower temperature over the spring and summer months. Heavily-stained clothes can be washed at 30 degrees provided you pre-treat the stains beforehand. Use liquid detergent directly on the stain and leave for a few minutes before placing in the energy-saving wash cycle.