Summer is a time of the year that everyone looks forward to, no matter what your background, it’s a time of the year were everyone get’s excited. Unfortunately with such excitement the retail outlets cease their opportunity to rip us off.
To help you out, we have compiled a short but informative list of 5 summer saving energy tips that you can use everyday in your own home.
1. Invest in Draught Excluder’s
You shouldn’t underestimate the power of these things. You can pick them up from most good retail stores and they won’t cost you much money. For approximately £10 depending on location and store – you could be en-route to making some small but significant savings.
Draught proofing is the easiest and most cost effective way of saving energy. Because the draughts are uncontrolled they let too much cool air into your home, wasting a lot of heat and money.
2. Don’t Overfill Your Fridge
Pretty much every home has a fridge, a freezer or an appliance that incorporates both. They are invaluable appliances in the modern world for helping us to store food correctly and safely, making perishables last longer. However, it’s important to know the limits when it comes down to storage. Overfilling your fridge wastes energy and doesn’t make food last as long as you think.
Inside your fridge the cold air needs to be able to circulate. This is how it keeps the food chilled throughout. If your fridge is crammed full the unit has to work even harder to make sure the air can circulate. Wasting money and energy.
3. Programmable Thermostats
A programmable thermostat is a tool used mainly by Gas Installers which is designed to help you manage your central heating. The thermostat allows you to program a series of settings to take effect at different times. However, this will vary on the type of programmable thermostat you have installed.
You can buy a variety of these thermostats over the counter in a range of Trade Stores. I would recommend talking to a local plumber or heating contractor if this is something you are considering.
4. Standby… Turn It Off
It’s a habit that lots of us have. In the UK alone we have the potential to be saving up to £1.7 Billion a year as a country, just by switching our electrical appliances off of standby. The majority of these savings can come from consoles being switched off at the mains, unused televisions off of standby amongst various other electrical appliances.
5. Turn Lights Off
Again, another habit that a lot of us have. We are all guilty of walking into rooms and leaving again with the lights still switched on. It’s a little thing we could be doing, but it goes a long way.
If you use Halogen bulbs in your home or workplace, just by switching them off for one hour could save you or your business up to £20 a year.