Useful Home Energy Saving Tips.

Are you a slave to your smart meter? Consumer champions Which? have compiled some not-so-obvious things you can do to help cut household energy bills. Read on to find out what these useful home energy saving tips for your home are and how you can use them.

Remove limescale from your kettle.

A kettle full of limescale will take longer and use more energy to boil the same amount. Limescale can also make a kettle boil louder – so it’s a no-brainer to descale it regularly if you live in a hard water area like Worcestershire. Use citric acid as it won’t leave any lingering smells or taste.

Wash bigger loads, less often.

Opting for the half-load setting or quick wash on your dishwasher or washing machine may sound like ways of reducing your energy consumption, but you’re better off waiting until you can do a full load. Fewer large washes will be more energy efficient than many smaller ones.

Make use of auto settings.

The eco programme on a dishwasher and washing machine will likely be the cheapest to run. Auto settings on your tumble dryer can also help you not over-dry clothes and waste energy. Alternatively, avoid using your tumble dryer entirely to reduce annual energy bills by as much as £170.

Clear out your oven.

Many people are in the habit of leaving baking trays and dishes in the oven as extra storage, but make sure you clear these out before turning it on. Avoid opening the door often as it decreases the internal temperature, increasing cooking time and wasting energy.

Use an air fryer, microwave, pressure cooker or slow cooker.

A microwave can be used to for everything from steaming vegetables to baking potatoes and an air fryer can make tasty fried food with less oil and less energy. A slow cooker is on for many hours at a time, but as it uses such a small amount of energy, in the end it is more economical.

Defrost your freezer.

If your freezer isn’t frost-free, then you need to make sure you defrost it regularly. Not only will it take up precious space where your food should be, but the ice acts as an insulator. This means your freezer has to work harder in order to penetrate that block of ice to keep your food cold, and therefore it will cost you more in electricity to run.

Clean the coils at the back of your fridge.

Dust lurking on condenser coils can prevent your fridge or freezer from cooling properly. Check and dust them about twice a year by gently vacuuming then brushing away any remaining dust.

Defrost ahead of time.

So much electricity is spent keeping cold things cold and then heating up the cold things when we need them. Defrosting frozen items in the fridge will reduce cooking time as you’re cooking from chilled rather than frozen and will also reduce the energy consumption of your fridge.

You can read more money saving tips in our ‘How to save money when you work from home’ blog, here.

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