While we’re all spending more time at home during this global crisis, we’re also using more energy. Taking small steps to save energy can make a big difference for the environment and your electric bill. Here are some helpful tips for conserving energy and saving money on your bill.
The health and well-being of our customers and communities is our number one priority so we thought we’d share some top and easy tips for saving energy at home:
1. Turn off lights & fit energy-saving light bulbs
Remember to always turn off your lights when you leave a room. When it comes to household light bulbs, opt for energy-efficient bulbs that can save you a lot more energy. Bright spring months are also a great chance to use some natural light. Letting in natural light will not only stop you from wasting energy and money on powering desk lamps and overhead lights, but it might also improve your mood and boost productivity.
2. Set the right temperature
The weather during the last month has been relatively warm, with many cloudless days. However, we’ve been all spending longer amounts of time indoors not moving around as much as usual. This has made putting up the heating by a few degrees seem much more tempting. Resist this urge, could be a way to lower household bills – as by having your heating set just one degree lower can save you £80 over the course of a year.
3. Get with the programme
Many of us already have our heating set to a timed programme based around our daily routines, which is more efficient and cheaper than just leaving it on all day and night. But have you reviewed and reset your heating programme to fit in with your new lockdown timetable? If you’re not getting up as early as usual because there’s no commute to work, you could move the start time back by a couple of hours. Little changes like these will ensure you’re not wasting heat – or money – during the lockdown.
4. Unplug any unnecessary devices
Distractions can be a big problem when working from home, particularly if you’ve got some important tasks to work through, so unplug anything that could act as a distraction, such as television and radio set, games console, and extra monitors.
Then unplug anything that is not in use, such as printers, phone chargers and anything that is sat there on standby and needlessly sucking up energy.
In addition, plugging into an energy-saving power strip can help save energy as it regulates energy going to particular devices – for instance, it allows you to use your computer while cutting standby power going to your printer.
5. Work Smarter
There’s a real temptation to work longer hours when working from home, not least because the time usually spent on the commute can now be spent at your laptop – meaning these extra hours get added to your electricity bill.
So try to work a bit smarter and fit more work into fewer hours – banning yourself from social media, cutting down the amount of time you spend checking emails, and stepping away from the screen on your lunch break, can all have a dramatic impact on productivity, meaning you might be able to cut an hour or so off your working day.
Not only will this save energy, but it’ll also free up more time for you to do something more productive instead, like preparing work for days ahead and organizing your work-time better.
6. Get set for the future
The long-term answer to bringing down your bills while also doing your bit for the environment is to explore renewable energy. Heating and powering your home with electricity generated by solar panels or other renewable sources is the greenest way to go. Using solar energy will not only reduce your carbon footprint but makes economic sense as well. You will save some money from the reduced electricity bill and also make money some years after the initial investment on the solar system. Getting a solar system is also a home improvement which will increase your home’s value.