10 ways to save energy this Christmas!
Published on 12 December 2017 02:30 PM
This Christmas your home can be merry and bright while saving on your energy bills! By following our top 10 energy saving tips you will have one less stress and be in control of your home.
Christmas is just around the corner and we all know how expensive it can be. To soften the blow of the festive period on your pockets, follow these top tips from Energy Saving Trust and you'll be sure to see the savings!
1. Switch off standby
Do you know that switching your appliances off standby mode you could save around £30 a year? TVs, set top boxes and games consoles can account for around 10% of a typical homes electricity bill, so if you're taking a winter break or out of the house enjoying the Christmas festivities make sure you turn off all appliances at the plug.
2. Switch your Christmas lights to LED
Replacing bulbs with LEDs could help save a typical household £35 a year on their bills, so when you're decorating the house and Christmas tree switch to LED lights to reduce your energy consumption.
3. Turn off your lights
You could save around £14 a year on your energy bills just by switching off your lights when you're not using them. Also, if your Christmas tree lights are on, turn off your main lights to enjoy festive feel while saving money and energy.
4. Turn the heating down when you have guests
Extra bodies means extra warmth so turn down the heating when you're entertaining to save money on your bills
5. Make your decorations fibre optic
By using fibre optic decorations you can reduce your energy bills as in most cases, they only use a single light bulb to light the entire decoration!
6. Be careful cooking the Christmas dinner
By using your kitchen appliances more carefully, you could save around £30 a year. For example you could save £7 a year by only filling the kettle with the amount of water you need. Also, keep lids on pots as this way the food will cook faster meaning less energy is used.
7. Watch your use of water
You could save around £25 a year by using a bowl to wash up rather than a running tap. Also, make sure you completely fill the dishwasher before turning it on to be more energy efficient
8. Don't lose heat
By making sure that the source of heat isn't obstructed by Christmas trees, rearranged furniture or other decorations you can stop heat being lost. Also, at night, close your curtains to stop heat escaping through the windows.
9. Don't charge unnecessarily
With all excitement of getting new gifts, it's easy to overuse the mains but by making sure you don't charge electrical appliances such as laptops, mobile phones and games consoles more than they need you could save money.
10. Put a smart thermostat on your Christmas list
With smart controls you can take control of the heat of your home remotely via mobile app wherever your plans take you this Christmas. This means you'll only use energy when you need it and can always ensure you return to a warm house. Find out more on smart thermostats
Take the Power NI home energy check today and find even more ways to save on your energy!
Source: Power NI & Energy Saving Trust, 2017