With warmer temperatures and lots of extra daylight, summer is the ideal time to take a step back and look at ways you can make changes to your energy habits to reduce your energy use and help you save money. All it takes are a few easy changes and a desire to embrace the great outdoors.
Here are six simple energy saving tips for lowering your energy use this summer:
1. Embrace the outdoors
The summer months are an ideal time to enjoy being outdoors. Spending more time outside, even just for a few hours each day will help you to save on your energy use by using fewer appliances and lighting, thereby helping you to save money on your energy bills.
Instead of watching TV inside with the lights on, why not try reading or playing in the garden, if you have one. In the evenings, take advantage of the warm weather to go for a walk (being mindful of social distancing), play games after dinner, or enjoy dinner al fresco.
By hanging clothes on the line to dry outside instead of using the tumble dryer, you could also save energy and an average of around £30 a year on your electricity bill1. So, hang up those clothes and enjoy that fresh laundry feeling, at the same time as knowing you’re helping the planet and your wallet too.
2. Switch off the oven
Turning on the oven doesn't just use energy, it can also heat up your kitchen quickly, forcing you to open the windows and switch on a fan for a bit of relief. You can save energy this summer by embracing meals that don't require cooking.
Think of easy meals such as sandwiches and salads. Not only are they refreshing and easy to whip up, they mean you won’t have to touch the oven on a hot summer’s day. Better still, why not really embrace the outdoors and enjoy a BBQ in the garden.
3. Make the most of the natural daylight and summer weather
During the summer months, the natural sunlight should do most of the work to brighten up your living space, so you shouldn’t need to have your indoor lights on, saving you energy. Lighting accounts for around 15% of your electricity bill2 so it should save you some money too.
You can also make the most of the extra daylight by installing solar panels and using the daylight to generate your own electricity. And by storing it in a battery you can save it for when you really need it most.
Curtains and blinds can reduce the amount of heat you get in through your windows so closing them in rooms that you aren’t using during the day, for example bedrooms, is an efficient way to keep your house cool so you don’t need to use a fan.
By using a smart thermostat, such as tadoo, you can keep an eye on the temperature in the different rooms of your home, so they are at the right temperature when you need them. By lowering the temperature set on your thermostat just slightly, you can keep your home cooler during the hotter weather. These devices will also adjust your home's temperature based on your local weather forecast.
4. Give your boiler a little bit of TLC
Summer is a great time to focus on your boiler as it isn’t being used for heating quite as much as in winter. We still rely on our boilers throughout the summer for hot water, even if we don’t use them for heating the home, so it’s important that they are kept in tip-top condition the whole year through.
Check the pressure on your boiler is correct and ensure you get it serviced every 12 months.
If you’ve had your boiler for a while, think about whether it’s time to upgrade to a new energy efficient one. This would not only give you piece of mind for when the colder weather sets in but could save you around £205 a year on your energy bills 3.
5. Understand what you spend your energy on
Getting a more accurate picture of your household energy consumption can help you be more mindful about your habits. Smart meters help you keep track of your energy use and spending, showing you which areas of your home require the most energy. You can also set an energy budget so your smart meter can alert you when you're about to exceed your spending.
And to ensure you’re doing your bit for the planet whilst saving energy at the same time, you could switch your energy supply to renewable energy. E.ON offers 100% renewables backed electricity to all customers homes4.
6. Think about how you’re using your water
We don’t necessarily think about saving energy when we consider using water, but by being more considerate with our water usage, you could save energy at the same time.
The average modern washing machine uses 50 litres of water per load5— heating that water requires a lot of energy. This summer, instead of doing your washing at a warm or hot temperature, use a cooler setting to save energy. As long as you treat your stains beforehand, cold water is just as effective at getting your clothes clean. Just make sure you maximise your laundry load, since it's more energy efficient to do one full load of washing rather than several smaller loads.
It's all too easy to use more water during the warmer months without realising it, whether by showering more frequently or watering your garden. One simple way to reduce your hot water use—and thus save energy—is by replacing your standard showerheads with low-flow showerheads. Eco-showerheads reduce the amount of water coming through. You can opt for a non-aerating showerhead, which offers more pressure, or an aerating model, which mixes air with water for a softer flow.
Saving energy gets a little easier in the warmer months, especially if you have the right tools.
Visit E.ON for more information on how to save energy in your home throughout the summer months.
1. Energy Saving Trust: Line drying your clothes outside
2. Energy Saving Trust: Home energy efficiency/lighting
3. Energy Saving Trust: Home energy efficiency/boiler replacement. Savings information for boilers in the UK based on a semi-detached house with a boiler rating of G
4. 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