5 Great Tips To Help You Save Energy And Money This Autumn

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In a typical UK household, Energy Saving Trust believe more than half the money spent on fuel bills goes towards providing heating and hot water. That’s why having an efficient and cost-effective heating system is vital, even more so now we’ve all been spending so much time at home.

With most of us still adapting to home working, even after a year of doing so, it’s important to better understand how this could have an impact on your household bills. To help homeworkers better understand how to effectively work-from-home, Worcester Bosch have provided some easy, energy saving top tips to help you reduce your energy consumption and save money on your energy bills.

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Tip 1: Shower Smart

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While we all love a long, hot shower at the end of a busy day, the most effective way to keep refreshed is with short, cool showers. To help you cut costs, save energy and stay cool, check out these tips on showering smart:

  • Choose showers over baths – to cut your water bills in half and to save on energy daily
  • Take shorter showers. Been using the gym more at home? Shave a minute off the post work out shower and save yourself time and money daily
  • Turning water off while lathering – this will save on water and cut your showering time in half, saving you time as well as money

Martyn Bridges, Director of Technical Communication and Product Management at Worcester Bosch gives the guidance: “The next time you come back from an intensive workout, attempt to shower for one minute less than usual. Doing this will save you hundreds on your energy bills per person. So, the more people you live with, the more you could save.”

Tip 2: Be Careful in the Kitchen

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Don’t overfill the kettle.

To make the most out of your kitchen, and to not burn a hole in your bank account, cut down on water consumption, energy and heat by following these simple tips:

  • Take care to only fill the kettle with the amount of water that you require – this will avoid the cost of re-boiling and re-filling unnecessarily
  • Clean your stovetop regularly – burner efficiency can be reduced dramatically when burner pans are blackened due to heavy use, clean stove tops often to prevent heavy use

Martyn Bridges expands on the working from home struggles: “I know that I drink at least five cups of tea per day at work! If you’re like me, take care to only fill the kettle with the amount of water you require, to avoid the cost of re-boiling and re-filling unnecessarily.”

Tip 3: Stop Heat Escaping

With home working still very much a thing of the present for a lot of people, you will be spending more time indoors, meaning you may have the heating on when you usually wouldn’t. Simple steps can be taken immediately to improve heat distribution in your home at no cost to you:

  • Pull furniture away from walls – radiators against outside walls can allow heat to escape, so pulling furniture away from radiators can improve the circulation of air and make the radiator more effective
  • Open curtains on the southside of your house during the day – this will increase the solar gain into the house and at night ensure all curtains are properly closed to keep out the cold
  • Always cover your pots and pans – water and food will cook faster, and you will lose less energy in the process

Martyn explains: “Ultimately, ensuring that heat stays inside your home is the most important, and simple way, to help you save money and energy daily. In addition to these simple steps, several other long term solutions can be implemented, including using double glazed windows and fitting curtains, carpets and adding reflective foil to your walls, to ensure you are keeping heat in.”

Tip 4: Change your Homely Habits

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A few simple steps can ensure that you are saving energy daily. Actively changing your habits will make a difference both to the environment and your bank balance, and you can do it  by following these three simple steps:

  • Turn off laptop switches – don’t leave your laptop on standby, you could save an extra £30 a year according to Energy Saving Trust by switching it off
  • Using cold water to brush your teeth or shave, could additionally help you save throughout the year
  • Fill your dishwater and washing machines up – make sure they are full before you use them and switching to the most energy efficient and water saving settings will save you both time and money

Martyn says: “Switching off appliances once you use them and filling your dishwasher or washing machine to the brim will save you time while also helping you reduce energy. Reinforcing these actions on a daily basis will make them second-nature, and will benefit you in the long run.”

Tip 5: Taking Control of your Heating

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You are in full control of your environment. While working from home, make sure to not overload on heat, as you will end up feeling tired, faster. Cooler temperatures help you to stay productive and focused for longer, so follow these tips to help you get the most out of your heating at home:

  • Turning down your thermostat – even turning it down by a single degree could help you save £80 a year, while also saving on energy emissions
  • Set your heating to optimal temperatures – 21°C is comfortable when you’re at home, with 17°C ideal for when you’re not in, a balance for working from home should be considered

Martyn provides useful context: “If you’re wondering about the most efficient way to heat your home, it’s best to tailor it to your lifestyle. Keep your home comfortable – say 20°C – but remember that you can wear layers, too, to save cash in the long run.”

To find out more about Worcester Bosch award-winning home heating and hot water products, visit https://www.worcester-bosch.co.uk/

Moira Chisholm

I'm the Health Editor on My Weekly and am always interested to hear what's new in this fascinating field. I also deal with the gardening, shopping pages, general features, our website content and the Ask Helen problem page. I have a special interest in Christmas content because I'm on the team for Your Best Ever Christmas Magazine, too!