5 Steps to Reduce Your Energy Consumption
For many families, energy is one of the biggest annual costs. According to an industry regulator, the average UK household spends approximately £1200 on heating and electricity each year. There are a number of reasons why people want to reduce their energy consumption at home. Not only will it help to reduce the levels of harmful CO2 produced but it will also help to cut down the cost of utility bills in the household.
At Regen, we have outlined 5 simple steps to reduce your energy consumption at home:
1) Turn Down Your Thermostat
In most households, almost half the annual energy bills are absorbed by heating and hot water costs. Most people tend to overheat their homes, resulting in wasted energy and restless nights. Turn down your thermostat by 1ºC and you could reduce your energy bill by up to 10%.
2) Be Smarter About Water
An easy way to reduce your energy consumption is to be smarter when using water in your home. Simple steps such as doing your washing in a bowl rather than using a running tap and installing a more efficient showerhead will help you save on your energy bills.
3) Turn Off Standby Appliances
You should ensure that you turn off appliances rather than leave them on standby. Some appliances such as TVs, can use up to 30% energy while on standby. This can make your household energy usage mount up very fast without any benefits. Make sure to turn everything off at the switch when you leave the house or go to bed to ensure this doesn’t happen.
4) Draught-Proof Your Home
Having a cold draught in your home can cause it to lose heat, meaning you are more likely to turn the heating up. You can prevent this from happening by using draught excluders or draught-proofing kits. Additionally, you should seal any cracks in floors, line your letterbox and block an unused chimney to reduce your energy consumption.
5) Switch to LED Lighting
The final change we recommend is replacing halogen lightbulbs to LED lighting throughout your home. According to Energy Saving Trust, it would cost the average household £100 to replace all bulbs in their home and would allow them to save approximately £35 a year.
At ReGen, we're always exploring how you can reduce your carbon footprint. Our blogs have tips for the home, the workplace and more as we try to educate based on our wealth of experience. For more energy-saving tips, check out our previous blogs.