Thirteen clever ways to be more energy efficient at home

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With the cost of living crisis and rising energy bills looming, we’ve shared our top tips on ways to be more energy efficient at home.

If you’re worried about wasting energy in the home but don’t know where to make changes, worry not because we’ve done the hard work for you and explored some of the ways you can be more energy efficient.

But we’re not just talking the same old tips you’ve heard before, like changing lightbulbs and cutting down on using your heater. We’ve searched out some alternative ways to cut your energy usage that you may not have thought about so you can save money on those all-important bills as winter approaches.

Read on to get your home ready with our thirteen innovative ways to reduce those bills.

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General household changes

1. Use smart meters

Want to see exactly how much energy you’re using and what it costs? Invest in a smart meter with your energy supplier!

This modern tool can track your energy usage which can help you make small changes to reduce your bills, all of which is visible with the In-Home Display (IHD) which comes with your smart meter. This shows households their energy use in near-real time!

Plus, with the smart meter sending you readings automatically, it’s a hassle-free way to get more accurate bills without having to leave the sofa!

2. Draught excluder

Keep cold draughts out the house with a simple draught excluder, which is another cost-effective way to retain the heat and tackle unwanted winter chills from doors and windows. It doesn’t have to be the gaudy floral ones from your grandparents’ house though - check out these chic and modern designs!

3. Pale colours

Decorating your house with pale colours makes a huge difference as soft tones reflect more light. So you should get away with using lower wattage bulbs and still achieve the same levels of brightness! White, beige and light grey colours are the way to go.

4. Charge your electronic devices at work

If you’re a busy family its likely you’ll have multiple devices charging at home, a cheeky tip would be to charge these at work! You’ll be saving heaps of energy without even realising. Leaving your smartphone charging overnight uses hours of energy that doesn’t need to be used – an iPhone takes in fact 1.5 hours maximum to reach 100% battery level!

5. Move in with your partner

Ok, so this one’s a bit of a big change but if you’ve been considering living with your other half why not take the plunge now, you’ll be cutting your energy and living costs up to half!

Bathroom changes

With over half our average water consumption taking place in the bathroom, it’s the best place to begin to save money. With a few small changes, you can easily create an energy-efficient, water-saving bathroom!

6. Check frequently for leaks

Leaks occur more often than you think and can lead to a lot of water wastage. One of the worst culprits is your toilet cistern which can run constantly without you even realising.

7. Bathroom appliances

Changing your appliances in the bathroom is another energy saving tip, such as using tap aerator attachments to reduce water and therefore reducing your utility bills.

8. Shower playlist

Why not try something quirkier like a designated shower playlist! A great way to ensure you’re not taking long, is setting a short playlist of your favourite shower karaoke songs. We all love a one-person concert but maybe settle for being the opening act with only 2 to 3 songs instead of performing a full album! What’s your go-to shower song to sing?

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Kitchen changes

9. Air fryers

The latest craze of air fryers has transformed the way people use their kitchen! As well as cooking food up to 50 per cent faster, it reduces the amount of times you need to turn the oven on, saving those all-important pennies.

Plus you don’t need to spend a fortune. This one from Currys will only set you back £40 and is worth it in the long run!

10. Conscious cooking

Cooking consciously can also save you more water than you think, for example steaming vegetables instead of boiling requires a lot less water. Then once you’ve cooked your pasta or vegetables, rather than dumping your cooking water down the drain, let it cool and use it to water your garden.

11. Eco mode

Many homeowners have dishwashers as it saves a lot of time washing up.It’s commonly known that a dishwasher is more energy-efficient than washing by hand, as it uses 50% less water than a full sink.

But lots of people shamelessly don’t know how to use every function and feature of their kitchen appliance! Check if your dishwasher has an ECO mode to help minimise the energy used in the process or try to use a half load setting for smaller amounts of dishes.

Bedroom changes

12. Winter duvets

Feeling the nip the most when getting into bed? For extra night-time warmth, investing in winter tog duvets as an affordable yet energy-efficient solution. A tog rating can range from 2.5 to 15, and some people prefer to have two duvets, 4.5 tog for summer and either a 10.5 tog or 13.5 Tog for winter.

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A new home!

13. Buy a new-build

New research based on Government Energy Performance Certificate data has found that buyers of a new build house will save on average around £2,600 a year in energy bills.

The research found that new build properties significantly reduce households’ energy usage, with the average new home using approximately 100 kWh per m2 per year compared with older properties which require an average of 259kWh per m2.

What’s more, in a recent report from the Home Builders Federation (HBF), it was found that 95 per cent of new build properties are rated A-C for energy efficiency. So, it’s a no-brainer that if you’re in the market for a new home, a new build property is the way to go!

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