Here at Watt Energy Saver we are passionate about saving energy.
Our many years of experience in the Energy Saving World allow us to provide the exact right solution for you and your property, maximising return on investment.
In addition to a property energy makeover, there are many things you can do right now to start saving energy.
Significant savings can come from changing your energy habits and being more energy efficient around your property.
These savings can be re-invested into energy saving solutions to reduce your energy consumption even further and protect yourself from rising energy costs.
Try the following energy saving tips now to reduce your energy consumption.
- Use energy efficient LED light bulbs which use less energy and last up to fifty times longer than standard bulbs.
- Make sure the lights are turned off when you leave the room
- If you have dimmable LED or halogen bulbs try turning your dimmer switches down to reduce the amount of energy used to light your room.
- Use an Energy Meter to monitor your energy usage. It provides a handy reminder to tell the kids to turn things off! And helps you understand what consumes energy and when. The modern versions we recommend allow you to record your energy usage so you can benchmark yourself and ensure you are reducing your consumption!
- Turn off household appliances such as microwaves, TVs, DVD players, stereo systems and computers when not in use, as they continue to use energy even when they are left on standby. A simple Standby Saver can save you in the region of £40 per year for each unit used. (Source: Energy Saving Trust 2011)
- Don’t leave your mobile phone on charge all night – it only needs a couple of hours
- Defrost food in the fridge overnight rather than microwaving it.
- Don’t leave the fridge door open and try to avoid putting hot or warm food straight into the fridge as this increases the energy required to keep the contents cold.
- Defrost your fridge frequently and check the door to ensure it makes a tight seal.
- Avoid putting your fridge next to heat generating appliances such as an oven or boiler. If possible, keep the freezer in a cool room or garage.
- Consider buying a Savaplug. These replace the usual plug at the back of the fridge and will cut energy use from the appliance by 20%
Washing Machines, Tumble Dryers and Dishwashers
- Use a low temperature setting and only wash full loads or use a half-load or economy programme.
- In summer, dry your clothes outside rather than using a tumble dryer.
- When drying your clothes indoors, use a clothes rail instead of a radiator as this stops the heat from reaching the rest of the room.
- Modern dishwashers use less energy and water than washing up by hand.
- If you are thinking of buying a new appliance, look out for the Energy Saving Recommended logo – this guarantees that the appliance you buy is in the top 20% of the market for energy efficiency. All Energy Saving Recommended washing machines are A-rated for energy efficiency and wash performance.
- Use a pan which is the same size as the cooker ring to prevent heat loss.
- Use a lid on saucepans where possible, so the contents heat up faster and require less energy.
- Consider using pressure cookers, steamers and microwaves which use less energy.
- When using a kettle, only boil as much water as you need. You could invest in a Eco Kettle and save around £10 year!
- Lime scale can reduce the efficiency of your kettle. Look out for a build-up of lime scale in your kettle and treat with vinegar or de-scaling solutions as soon as a build-up occurs.
- Make sure the thermostat on your hot water tank is set to 60 degrees centigrade. This comfortable temperature ensures you don’t have to use cold water to cool the water you have just heated up!
- Taking a shower will use around 40% less water that that required for a bath.
- A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath, so fix leaking taps and make sure they’re fully turned off!
- Set your heating to go off 30 minutes before you leave the property, and come on again 30 minutes before you expect to return.
- Turn the room thermostat down by 1 degree. This can save you around 10% of your heating costs per year.
- Make sure your radiators are not obstructed by curtains or furniture.
- Draw your curtains at dusk to help keep the heat generated inside your rooms.
- Fit draft excluders around doors and over the letter box and key holes and don’t leave them open longer than necessary!
In addition to these simple tips, why not speak directly to one of our Engineers for any questions or advice you may require. We don’t employ salesmen or call centres, just straight talking qualified engineers passionate about energy saving and keen to pass on their knowledge to help you save more! Call Now on 0845 475 7710