With energy prices set to rise quite substantially from April 1st, most people will be looking to try and reduce their energy usage.
There are many places with advice on how to reduce energy costs which mainly include lowering thermostats, lowering washing machine temperatures and using eco settings.
This list is slightly different in that it is not the most obvious items. These are some ideas that could save you money by doing things slightly differently.
- Wash towels separately – most towels are only used for getting dried when you come out of the shower or bath. It’s not like they get dirty. Therefore, these can be washed together on the shortest setting on your washing machine. For most that will be approx. 15-20 mins.
- Use lids when cooking on the stove – Putting a lid on the saucepan when boiling rice/pasta/veggies can save about 25% of the cooking time and saving energy costs.
- Batch cooking – Rather than cook on the stove every evening which is very heavy on energy costs, cook double quantities. As a microwave uses much less energy than a stove, reheating the extra portions will cost less than cooking again.
- Turn off the water heater – What do you use hot water for? If it for washing dishes and cleaning only, make sure you only turn on the water heater when you need it. There is no need to be heating a whole tank of water if you are not going to use it all. Boiling a couple of kettles of water will be much cheaper than heating a tank of water. Better to have off as the default.
- Switch everything off. Then you only switch items on when they are needed. Also when you switch things back on, check the settings. Many of us use the same settings all the time, check if it is the most energy efficient. Switching everything off means you have to think whether you need something switched on.
Hopefully these tips can help you work towards reducing your energy usage and energy bills.