Energy efficiency made easy: tips to help keep you on top of your energy use
Whether it’s the always-on TV, multiple laptops or constant cooking, most of us are using more energy at home right now. But there are simple ways to help manage how much energy we’re using and minimise energy waste.
So E.ON, which already supplies its customers’ homes with electricity backed by 100% renewable sources as standard1, has shared some simple home hacks to help reduce energy use and subsequently help save on bills.
E.ON’s tips to make your home more energy efficient
- Load it up: If you have a dishwasher, only put it on when it's full and try to use the ‘eco’ setting if there is one. If you only have a few dishes to wash, you can save up to £25 a year by washing up in a bowl or sink instead of under running water2.
- Ready, set, turn it off: Get the kids involved by playing daily rounds of ‘Turn It Off”, a game where your kids go around the house switching off unnecessary lights and pointing out devices which are turned on but that no one is using. The child who notices the most items wins. This can help children appreciate the importance of only keeping lights and electrical items switched on if they’re actually being used. And if you have a smart meter, you can actually show your kids how turning stuff on and off directly impacts power use as well.
- Now don’t overload... When you boil the kettle only heat as much water as you need. Better still, make a thermos flask of coffee or tea in the morning and use it to fill your mug throughout the day, so you’re not continually boiling the kettle.
- Sunny set-up: If you’re working from home, arrange your desk location in a room of your house where there is plenty of natural daylight. During daylight hours, switch off the lights and open the curtains to bring in natural daylight and heat from the sun. And, save up to £35 a year by using LED energy saving lightbulbs3. Be sure to switch them off when not in use.
- Detergent dreams: Wait until you have a full load to put on your washing machine and turn the water temperature down to 30°C. Most detergents wash clothes well at this lower temperature.
- Standby to stand down: From TVs to laptops, we’re currently using our devices around the clock, but try not to leave these on standby. Instead, unplug them when they’re not in use as this could save you up to £30 a year2.
- Brave the cool: Now that the weather is getting warmer, there’s no better time to brave a cooler shower. Turn the temperature down a few degrees and you could save £804 a year.
- To find out more about how you could save energy at home, and for personalised energy saving tips, visit eonenergy.com/save
- To find out more about electricity backed by 100% renewable sources from E.ON1, visit eonenergy.com/renewable
Notes to Editors:
- Electricity sourced from E.ON’s renewable generation assets, supply agreements with independent UK wind generators and the purchase of renewable electricity certificates. The electricity supplied to your homes comes from the National Grid. Find out more at eonenergy.com/renewable
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