Home Energy Saving
Increasingly, families and individuals are feeling the pinch with energy prices. In fact, during the second half of 2021, despite ongoing world events like Covid-19, gas and electric prices have been part of the headlines on an ongoing basis. It is no surprise that many households are trying to find ways to save on energy. A report by Ofgem, the British regulator for gas and electric suppliers, during 2021 estimated that for default tariff customers who pay by direct debit, the average annual costs for gas and electricity will have reached £1277, with even higher average costs for those who pay by prepayment card. Of course, the use of average values hides the fact that this means that many people will be paying more than this. Are you looking for how to save energy? If so, our team at Wayne Smith Property Repairs have some practical suggestions for you.
The first tip for how to save energy in household life is to do an evaluation of what electronic devices you have in the house. If you are like most people, you have probably not even paid any attention to how many devices are using power in the home. In the past, there would be just a few devices using electricity. Most likely this included a television, perhaps the boiler for the central heating, a washing machine and a few other domestic appliances. Nowadays the list usually includes more than one television, personal computers, printers, microwaves and a plethora of electronic devices that need regular charging. It is true that with time and improved technology, energy efficiency in electronic equipment has improved, meaning that far less is wasted than would be the case years ago. Even so, it is worth thinking about whether all these devices need to be continually plugged in and turned on. Turning devices on standby off at the wall could save a substantial sum, perhaps £30 per year.
How to Save Energy
The other thing to consider is whether your appliances are effective. The old freezer that you bought from an online marketplace for a low price or that a friend gave you when they moved house could be false economy. Older and poorly maintained appliances are not energy efficient, meaning that they are using more power than you realise. If you are serious about home energy saving, it could be time to get the appliances serviced and running at maximum efficiency or replace older units with a newer and more efficient model.
One of our best energy saving tips for homes is to think about your heating usage. You could be letting money slip through your fingers and out the window by the way you are heating the property. If you have a thermostat, turn it down a bit. You won’t notice the difference, but even a reduction of 1 degree could make a substantial saving on your energy bills. If you do feel a bit cold, get in the habit of putting on a jumper before you turn the thermostat up. Another thing to consider is how the house is heated from room to room. If you have rooms which are not used as much as others, like a spare room which is used less than a kitchen, do they need heating as frequently or to the same temperature as other rooms. You could manually adjust radiators in these rooms, or use individual radiator thermostats to control the temperature in different parts of the property.
Of course, some energy saving plans need professional expertise, and in some case maintenance skills. If you want to know how to save electricity or gas, or you need some repair work carrying out, contact our team of experts who can help you make your property more efficient.