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Save energy — 19 free energy saving tips

Saving energy isn’t just about helping you to save electricity or be more energy efficient — it’s also a great way to save money.

We all know we could do more around the home to save energy, but where to start? While some of the biggest energy savers require time and money there are still plenty of lifestyle changes you can make that will save energy, and money.

With just a few simple changes to your lifestyle and your home, you could be saving hundreds of pounds on your heating, gas and electricity bills.

So, if you’re looking for ways to cut down on your spending, try these 19 free energy saving tips.

How to save money on heating

  1. Stay warm, cut costs. Turning your thermostat down by 1°C can save you as much as £60 per year.

    Also, keeping your heating on constantly on a low heat could potentially save you more money than switching it on and off for big blasts of heat. This is where getting to know and understand the timer settings on your thermostat will really pay off.

  2. Get cosy. Wearing more jumpers, socks and slippers around the house, and putting an extra blanket on the bed means you won’t be tempted to turn the heating up.
  3. Turn the pressure down on the power shower. A high-pressure power shower is a great luxury to have but you’d be surprised how much water they use – sometimes even more than a bath.

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Be efficient with cooking

  1. Save time and stock up. If you’re going to use the oven, bake a few meals at a time to get the most out of having your oven on. After all, oven’s don’t allow us to heat one shelf at a time so why waste your heat?
  2. Heat your home with cooking. Leave the oven door open after cooking to let the heat warm your kitchen. The oven might give off enough heat for you to adjust your thermostat, a far more efficient use of that stored heat than throwing it out of your home with an extractor fan.
  3. Let the dishwasher do the dirty work . Avoid pre-rinsing the dishes in hot water. Save water and energy by just scraping the dishes before they go in.
  4. Make things easy for your fridge and freezer. Keeping them full means they don’t have to work as hard and therefore they use less energy. Empty space in your fridge or freezer wastes not only space but energy too.
  5. Use the right ring for the right thing. If your cooker has a small ring, use a small pan. You might only be heating up a small meal, and doing so in a big pan wastes a lot of energy. Conversely if you try and heat a large pan on the small ring you’re more likely to end up heating for longer than saving any money or energy.

    More tips for energy-efficient cooking.

Be efficient with washing

  1. Shrink your bills, not your clothes. 90% of a washing machine’s energy expenditure is spent on heating the water, so if you wash your clothes at 30-40 °C you’re saving significant amounts of money.
  2. Hang up your laundry. Air-dry your laundry rather than tumble drying it, particularly if there’s warm or windy weather. What’s more nothing smells better than air-dried clothes.
  3. Save yourself ironing time. Take your clothes out of the dryer before they’re completely dry – they’ll iron much quicker and you’ll use less energy on your drier.

Energy effciency and electricity saving tips for your appliances

  1. Switch it off and save. Unplug all the appliances that you aren’t using regularly – even chargers continue to use electricity when they aren’t charging. Also, make sure you’re not leaving appliances on standby: it may be easier but it’s also a guaranteed way to waster energy compared to turning things off at the socket.
  2. Get the kids involved. Play energy-saving games with your kids. Get them to spot the areas in the home where energy is being wasted and where lights, switches or appliances have been left on.

    Free energy saving tips

  3. Let the sunshine in. On a sunny day, opening your curtains will let warmth into your house, but when it’s colder or the sun goes down don’t forget to close them to keep that heat in.

Be efficient with your whole home

  1. Get free cavity wall insulation. There are now government-backed full and partial grants available to help you pay for insulation if your home has cavity walls.

    Getting this done could save you around 15% on your fuel bills, so you could be saving on average £98 a year. Even if you don’t receive money from the government insulation is still worth it in the long run.

  2. Get free loft insulation. Because heat rises, as much as 25% of the heat in your house could be disappearing into your loft space. What’s more, even older properties that already have insulation in place may not have the recommended levels, particularly if it was installed in the 1970s or 1980s.

    If you apply for a loft insulation grant, you could save about 19% on your fuel bills – which works out at an average of £128 per year.

  3. Get free solar panels. Having solar panels installed on your house could save you as much as a third on your electricity bills. What’s more, thanks to the government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme solar panel installers get paid for the energy generated, so they may install them for free.
  4. Apply for an energy-saving grant. There are plenty of energy-saving grants available to help with the cost of home improvements.

Don’t overpay for the energy you’re using

  1. Compare gas and electricity prices with uSwitch to make sure you’re on the cheapest tariff for you. It only takes a few minutes, we do all the paperwork for you and you could save up to £458.

    Article from  Uswitch.com

3 Simple Things People Should Do to Consume Less Energy and Save it For Future Generations

Consume less energy and save it for future generations. We’re always hearing we should, but how?

Here are three simple steps that we can take individually to consume less energy — and if we do that, we save it for future generations… and we are saving money. Take these simple steps and start saving today.

  1. Turn off lights — by far the easiest way to save electricity and save money. Turning off lights as you leave the room alone saves you a lot on your electric bill. Then, as you turn off lights, you see ways to…
  2. Unplug unused electronics — this is the electricity waster that many people do not even know exists. Many of today’s appliances, both large and small, and electronic devices in our homes draw a small amount of power even when switched off. This “phantom power” drain comes from VCRs, televisions, satellite and cable boxes, DVRs, stereos, computers, printers, kitchen appliances, clocks and clock radios, cell phone and portable music player chargers, laptop chargers… almost anything plugged into wall power. This is especially true if the device has a remote control; the circuitry that responds to the remote must ALWAYS be on — and drawing power – or the remote will not work. As much as three quarters of the electricity used to power many of these devices goes through them while switched off.
  3. Switch to energy saving bulbs — by switching to energy saving bulbs technology from traditional incandescent type lamps, you can save energy and save money on your energy bills. Using today’s new energy saving bulbs technologies: Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs), and Light Emitting Diode Lamps (LED or L.E.D.), you can save as much as 80% on the energy you use to light your home — and less energy used is less money out of your pocket plus it reduces the resources needed to create that power.
CFL Bulbs The important thing is always think about ways to consume less energy. Switch off or unplug anything you’re not using. You’ll save a great deal of energy, reduce your utility bill, reduce resources used to create the power, and save it for future generations of people on our planet. Even if you create the power with your own wind and solar generators, if you use less, you will have more for other things — and for future generations.

By Dan Davenport

Dan Davenport wants the world to be a greener place — intelligently. If we use the energy resources we already have wisely, and exploit viable, renewable energy sources, it is good for the planet, we will save money, and, not only we, but future generations, can continue to live comfortably.

Top 22 energy efficiency tips

Quick and easy ways to save money and energy.

Heating and cooling

  1. In summer, use fans and keep doors, windows, and shades closed during the day to reduce any unwanted heat from coming in.
  2. In winter, open blinds and drapes to let the sun warm your space.
  3. Use your ceiling fan instead of the thermostat to lower the temperature.
  4. Adjust the thermostat in small degree changes. Your home won’t heat or cool faster by cranking it up.
  5. Install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature to your schedule.

Appliances and electronics

  1. Wash your clothes in cold water. About 90% of the energy used by washing machines goes to heating the water.
  2. Use your microwave instead of your stove when cooking to use two-thirds less energy.
  3. Don’t open the oven door while baking. Each time, the temperature can drop up to 13.8°C (25°F) and requires additional energy to bring it back up.
  4. Turn off the oven 10-15 minutes before cooking time runs out. Your food will continue to cook without using the extra electricity.
  5. Keep your refrigerator and freezer as full as possible to operate efficiently.
  6. Use dishwashers and washers/dryers in off-peak hours to keep the house cooler.
  7. Don’t run bathroom or kitchen ventilation fans longer than necessary. They replace inside air with outside air.
  8. Turn on your computer, monitor, printer, and fax machine only when needed.
  9. Don’t leave your mobile phone plugged in overnight, it only takes a couple of hours to charge.
  10. Avoid placing objects that give off heat (for example, lamps or TVs) near a thermostat.

Lighting

  1. Use desktop lamps with high-efficiency lightbulbs.
  2. Open curtains and shades during the day to let in the natural light instead of using lighting.
  3. Use a photocell or a timer on your outdoor lights for dusk-to-dawn only operation.
  4. Turn off the lights when they’re not in use and save up to 15% on your utility bill.

Home maintenance and improvements

  1. Clean or replace all filters in your home once a month.
  2. Seal cracks, gaps, leaks and add insulation to save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs.
  3. Replace single-pane windows with more energy efficient ones, and/or add solar shades or tinting film.

From :Enercare.ca