You don’t always have to spend money to save energy. There are lots of simple, everyday changes you can make to help cut down on your energy usage that won’t cost you a penny.
These are some of our top tips for saving energy without spending any money:
Once you’ve finished cooking and turned your oven off, open the door and use the excess heat to warm up your home.
Wash clothes at 30 degrees which can use around 40 per cent less energy than washing at high temperatures, according to the UK’s Energy Saving Trust.
Turn all televisions, games consoles and laptops off standby to save money. Don’t keep the television on in the background if nobody is watching – on average you could save £1.23 a year per appliance according to the UK’s Energy Saving Trust.
Choose the shower over the bath, they use roughly half the amount of water and they’re more hygienic! You can save around 10 gallons of water showering for 10 minutes.
Don’t leave the tap running when you brush your teeth as it’s a huge waste of water. In fact, did you know that you can waste around 5 gallons of water every time you leave the tap running whilst brushing your teeth?
Freezing leftover food is a great idea for saving energy, time and waste, but make sure to let it cool down before putting it in the freezer or it’ll raise the core temperature making your freezer have to work overtime to compensate.
Turning your heating down by just 1 degree can save you 1% - 3% on your yearly energy bill.
Turn the heating off 20 minutes before you go out. When you’re rushing around finding keys, adding that extra layer of foundation, or checking you’ve packed enough nappies – you won’t notice the temperature dropping.
It pays off to only charge your phone until its 90%, this will help prevent the battery from degrading and save you energy.
Using a tea pot will save you both time and energy because you have more tea made in one go, saving both tea bags and the kettle from multiple boils.