How to I reduce my energy bills?
Whether for your home or business there are some simple steps you can take to reduce your energy bills.
Be aware of ‘stand-by’ mode
According to thebalance.com, 75% of the energy used by electronics is consumed when they’re on stand-by or sleep mode. These include TVs, computers and stereos. Be sure to turn them off at the plug.
Switch to LEDs
Switching to LED lighting is a quick and easy way for homes and businesses to lower energy usage and save money. Lower energy costs, save money. LED lighting uses less electricity for the same light output. Compared to a standard 60W filament bulb, an 11.5W LED uses 81% less energy.
At home: If you have 30 lamps/lights on for 10 hours per day, you’ll save approximately £214 every year* or 1783.6 kWh. That’s equivalent to:
Businesses: For businesses, the cost savings can easily accumulate. Based on having 800 lamps/lights on for 10 hours per day, a business will save circa £17,122 every year* or 142,688 kWh. That’s equivalent to:
Prevent heat loss
People mostly think of their heating bills in terms of fuel costs but really we pay for lost heat. The lower the heat loss the lower the energy use. Quality insulation is the ideal way to lower heating bills.
Choose a cool wash
Most of the energy used by your washing machine goes to heating water. By switching to a cool wash or reducing the temperature, you can reduce your energy bill a lot.
The Telegraph advise that another way to avoid unnecessary energy costs is by unplugging mobile phones and tablets. More than 12 million households charge up their gadgets overnight, with 22 million needlessly charged every day.
Gareth Kloet, Head of Utilities at Confused.com, said: “Until more smart chargers are introduced, which cut off when the mobile is fully charged, people will continue to waste both money and electricity by leaving mobile phones and other electrical items plugged in unnecessarily.”
Which.co.uk advise choosing energy-efficient appliances: save up to £239 If you’re replacing an appliance, you can cut your electricity bills by choosing the most energy-efficient model. You can view all of Which’s tests for running appliances on their website.