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Five tips on saving energy during the summer

uSwitch examines a number of ways for you to cut your household bills during the warm summer months

We've got five tips on saving energy during the hot summer months

We’ve got five tips on saving energy during the hot summer months

If you live in the UK and the sun is up then it’s a rare occasion to celebrate. Not only is it barbeque season, but your heating bills should also fall by quite a bit.

We’ve put together a selection of tips on how to cut down your energy bills even further during the hot summer months.

Let us know if you have any tips of your own in the comment section below.

1.       Take advantage of cool night air

In the UK it tends to cool down significantly at night. To capture this cool air simply sleep with your windows open and then shut your windows and blinds the following morning. This will keep the cool air in your home.

2.       Have a shower not a bath

According to a study carried out by Unilever, the average eight minute shower consumes 62 litres of hot water. A typical bath will consume about 80 litres – almost 30% more! So do the environment and your utility bills a favour and have a quick shower instead of soaking in the tub. It is worth noting that some power showers can consume even more water than a bath.

3.       Don’t use your dishwasher or tumble drier to dry items

Take advantage of the summer heat to air dry your clothes and dishes. Drying clothes on a line doesn’t use up any energy and putting it up and taking it down is great exercise!

4.       Install solar panels

Solar panels are a great way to save money. The Feed-in Tariff ensures that any electricity your panels create which you don’t use is sold to the national grid. This means that not only do you cut your energy bills by using electricity from your solar panels, but you are paid for any excess. You can find out much more about solar panels with our selection of guides.

5.       Tell your friends and family

In order to make a substantial impact in terms of saving energy, the more people get involved the better.  Keep an eye out around your home and point out any behaviour that needlessly wastes energy. Does someone keep leaving the TV or video game console on? Remind them to turn gadgets off when they’re not in use. Feel free to do the same at work.

Now over to you. Do you have any tips on how to save energy during the summer?

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  • Tony

    Well, firstly the information on solar panels is slightly incorrect – if you install solar panels, the government, via your electicity supplier, pays you for every unit your panels generate and then on top of that they assume that you export 50% of your generated power as an excess to the grid – for this they pay you another figure (currently it’s about 16p for each unit generated and 4p for every ‘deemed’ exported unit (they can’t measure it so they assume 50%). Actually it tends to be more than this that is exported. However you can buy (£290 installed) a power diverter to make sure that as much, of the excess power generated, as possible does not go to the grid, but heats your hot water tank for free. Install a heat pump (modern airconditioner) and only use it during the summer when there is enough solar power available (tends to be warmest in the UK when the sun shines); the same unit can be used during Autumn and Spring, and some of the winter, to provide heating using only solar power (900W solar power = 4 kW heating). Replace all tugsten and halogen light bulbs with LEDs – they are ‘the same purchase price per year as conventional light bulbs given that they last 10 times as long (also you don’t need to keep changing light bulbs – well not for 15-20 years) – it will reduce electicity consumption dramatically at all times of year. That’ll do for now!!

    • SJO

      Tony Tell me more about the power diverter please. Next thing I want to get. Who would supply and fit this for £290?