If you feel you are paying too much for your home energy bills take our seven simple steps to reducing your usage; benefit the environment as well as your Pockit account!

Replace light bulbs

If you’re still using incandescent light bulbs then you can save money by switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs or LED’s, while these can be slightly more expensive to buy there are a number of different ways to get these cheaply. Supermarkets often have special deals and they are sometimes given away free with newspapers. Even with a more expensive outlay you’ll soon start to make profit as they also last longer and are more durable than traditional bulbs. 

Unplug chargers

Laptop chargers and mobile phone chargers constantly draw electricity when plugged in, even when not in use. Turn off sockets and unplug them when you’ve finished charging your devices to save electricity. And don’t charge devices every day – not only does this waste electricity when you’ve already got a charge, but can also reduce the battery life of the product. Full cycle discharges and charges will prolong the life of most modern batteries.

Use energy efficient appliances

The latest fridges, washing machines and dishwashers are extremely energy efficient – if you’ve got an older model then you may be using a significant amount of extra energy each month. When buying a new product (or maybe a Christmas gift?), there are two labels to watch out for. The first is the ‘Energy Saving Trust Recommended’ logo, which can only be used on the top 20% most energy efficient products. The EU energy label grades products from A (best) to G (worst) for energy usage; for fridges and freezers the scale goes up to A++.

Don’t use standby mode

TVs left in standby mode draw large amounts of power, and an average computer screen left on overnight uses enough energy to laser print 400 A4 pages. Computers should be shut down when you’re not using them – whilst newer computers have become more efficient they are still energy-intensive and it’s a myth that shutting them down regularly will noticeably affect their lifecycle.

Only boil what you need

Kettles are one of the biggest electricity users around. The more water you want to boil the longer it takes and therefore the more electricity you use. Ensure you only boil what you need to make tea or for the hob. If you’re making tea, pouring water into cups first can ensure you boil precisely what you need. Alternatively buy a kettle that has a ‘cup’ indicator so you can see at a glance how much water you’re boiling.

Use appliances efficiently

If you’ve had to heat up your oven then it can be worth cooking several meals at once. If you have a large freezer you can store them and save yourself cooking at a later date. With regard to dishwashers and washing machines, ensure you only use them when there’s a full load to be washed. Also consider using eco-cycles and lower temperatures. Scraping dried-on food off plates before loading the dishwasher allows you to use a lower temperature.

Turn off lights

It’s easy to leave lights on when you leave a room but bear in mind that these can drain power, particularly if you’re not using energy-efficient bulbs. Turn lights off as soon as you leave a room, and open curtains and blinds during the day to make the most of natural light. In larger rooms lamps can be a more energy efficient method of lighting than ceiling lights. Remember to switch your Christmas lights off when your not using them, they use up a lot of unnecessary energy!

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Emily Smith- Marketing Team-