By Eloise Evans on 06/05/2017

Saving energy is an important factor of everyday life. It not only saves you money on your electricity bill but can also help the environment. Saving energy will help the environment by cutting down our use of fossil fuels. Reducing our use of fossil fuels like oil, natural gas and coal will slow down our mining and drilling to acquire these fossil fuels, the fuel used to transport these fossil fuels from the mining or drilling site and the greenhouse gases that are emitted from burning these fossil fuels. 

There are so many ways that we can save electricity in our homes and most of them are either free or very inexpensive to do. All it takes is a little change in your routine to save your pocket and help save the environment, so below we have put together a few helpful tips and tricks to help you save electricity at home:

Lighting:

  • During the day, why not open the curtains wide and let some natural light in? It not only wakes the room up but also saves a lot on your electricity bill. 
  • In the evening, try to only use a couple of rooms so that you are not lighting your whole home. It will also help you to spend more time as a family if you are all sitting together. 
  • A couple of times a week, try to use candles instead of your lights. On evenings where you need less light, like nights watching a movie, you don't need the whole room to be lit, so save some energy and use candles! 
  • One of the easiest ways to save lighting energy is to switch to LED light bulbs. LED bulbs save you money, use less energy and last much longer than traditional lighting. 
  • When buying outdoor lighting, why not purchase solar lighting? That way you don't have to pay for anything apart from the product itself and you simply use the sun to do the work for you. 

Laundry: 

  • Only ever wash a full load of washing. No matter how much you put in the washing machine, it will always use the same amount of energy - so get the most out of it and fill it up. The same goes for dishwashers!
  • Try to wash your clothes in the coldest water you can. That way you won't be using unnecessary energy to heat the water.
  • To reduce tumble dryer and ironing time, take your clothes out before they are completely dry, they'll iron easier and quicker!
  • If you pop a dry towel in with your drying, it will reduce the time it takes for your clothes to dry. 
  • Or, simply use a washing line or clothes horse to dry your clothes! No tumble dryer, no extra energy used!

Appliances:

  • Unplug anything you are not using! Even if you switch it off it will still be using electricity. The only way to ensure that unused appliances aren't using up electricity is to completely unplug them.
  • Replace any older appliances with energy-efficient ones. If you're using an inefficient washing machine or dishwasher every week, you'll be using a lot more energy than you need to. Energy-efficient appliances will save you a lot of money in the long run!
  • Make sure you turn your computer off when you're not using it - computers are a big energy user and waste a lot of energy when they are on unnecessarily. 
  • When you're cooking, why not cook multiple meals at once? It makes sense to make the most out of the oven being on and cooking as much as you can at once. 

Heating: 

  • Don't depend on your heating in the winter and try wearing warmer clothes. By turning your heating down by 1°C, you could save up to £60 a year!
  • Make sure your wall cavities and loft is insulated to prevent heat from escaping. 
  • When you've finished cooking, leave the oven door open to let the heat escape into the kitchen and warm it up. 

Showers: 

  • The most obvious one: take shorter showers! The less time you're in there will mean less energy being used. 
  • Also, try to have a bit of a cooler shower. If you're having a really hot shower every day, you're also paying to heat it every day. Try to keep really hot showers for a treat.
  • If you have a power shower, simply turn the power down. The less power you use, the less electricity you'll be using.

If you need any help with saving electricity, or would simply like some advice, give your local Mr. Electric a call!