5 ways to save energy at home

By: Shell Energy

30 Mar 2020

Saving energy is important to all of us, as it’s a necessity we use daily. You can save energy at home in many ways through using energy efficient appliances, reducing your water usage and making a few small behaviour changes around the house.

During this period, when we’re at home more than usual, being mindful about how much energy we’re using is more important than ever. Here’s our quick guide on how you can save energy at home.

How to save on heating

You can set a timer on your central heating system to only allow heating and hot water when you need it. As the weather warms up, you can reduce the number of hours your heating is turned on for and only use it during peak times in the evening.

Reduce electricity use

Reducing your electricity usage can help you save energy by unplugging your electronics and electrical appliances instead of leaving them on standby mode. It’s best not to leave portable electronics such as laptops or mobiles on charge unnecessarily, as this can waste energy.

Energy saving appliances

Energy saving appliances with an A++ or Energy Star rating can help to reduce your bills and usage, but changing the way you use your appliances can also help you save. You can adjust the settings of your appliances such as your dishwasher and washing machine to lower temperatures. Trying to avoid washing half loads whenever possible is another good rule of thumb - run your dishwasher and washing machine only when full. Hanging up your laundry and letting it air dry during non-rainy days is another way to save energy instead of using the tumble dryer.

Switch off the lights

It’s important to switch off your lights when you’re not using a room in your house. If you switch a light off for just a few seconds, you will save more energy than it takes for the light to start up again, regardless of the type of bulb. As the weather changes and the days get longer, make the most of the natural daylight by opening your curtains.

Energy efficient bulbs are a great way to curb your usage. If possible, we recommend replacing standard light bulbs with either halogen, fluorescent or LED bulbs which can help reduce your costs in the long term, as these bulbs last longer and require fewer replacements. For more tips on choosing the right bulb for you, you can visit our guide on energy-saving bulbs.

How does a smart meter save energy?

Your smart meter can help you monitor your heating and electricity usage as it provides you with live data. If you already have one installed in your home, follow our smart meter guidance to learn how it can help you be more savvy with your energy usage.

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