You hear a lot about the need to save energy during winter, but did you know there are also actions you can take to keep your bills low during summer?
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1. Get everyone involved!
One of the best ways to save energy is to get everyone on board. Educate everyone in your home about saving energy and how you can work as a unit to cut costs.
If you have children why not make one of them head of a “green team” and challenge them to spot any energy saving opportunities. You can also encourage everyone to spend less time in front of a screen and more time taking advantage of the sunshine. After all video game consoles are real energy guzzlers and the sun seldom comes out in the UK!
2. Work the kitchen like a pro
Summer is a time when light, refreshing food is particularly welcome and what is more refreshing than a salad? Save energy and get your body ready for the beach by cutting down on the amount of food you bake, boil or fry.
If you do need to heat something up, it’s worth knowing that the most energy efficient way to do this is using your microwave.
When it comes to washing up, it’s more efficient to use a (full) dishwasher and let the dishes air dry than it is to wash everything by hand.
3. Change your shower head
It is estimated that a household made up of four people will save £75 by fitting an eco-showerhead. The latter will reduce the amount of water you use every time you take a shower, without a noticeable reduction in power.
It’s worth asking your water supplier if they offer free eco-showerheads. Thames Water, for example, offer a range of water saving devices free of charge.
Feeling brave? Take only cold, short showers. These will not only prove very refreshing, but also help you save on your water and heating bill.
4. Switch to LED lightbulbs
This tip is not just for summer, but it’s still a great way to cut your bills.
A recent study carried out by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) found that the average household could shave 80% off its lighting costs by switching from traditional bulbs to LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs. The figure takes into account the cost of using an LED bulb over its five and a half year life cycle (£9.30), over that of using a traditional bulb (£135).
5. Insulate your home
Insulation doesn’t just keep cold air out during winter, it also keeps hot air at bay during summer. There are a lot of different types of insulation which you can consider and costs vary greatly.
If you are interested in insulating your home, it might be worth having considering the Government’s Green Deal scheme, which provides up to £7,600 in funding for energy efficiency improvements made to your home. You can find out more here.
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