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Save Up to €700 a Year on Home Energy Bills with these Simple Tricks

July 02

From a lower water temperature to changing the type of oven you use, there are both simple and creative ways to save on your home energy bills. Whether you swap out your lightbulbs or upgrade your showerheads, you can save an astounding amount of energy and money with these energy saving tips.

Bathroom

Change Your Showerhead

Think about getting an electric shower, which heats up water instantly. If you have to use a boiler, you might also invest in a water-efficient showerhead to control the amount of water released while still giving you a powerful shower sensation.

Ask your water company if they give out these showerheads free as some water companies do.

Total yearly savings: An average family of four can save around €65 on water heating, and an extra €95 if your water has a meter.

 

Wise up about how you wash up:

Wash up using a basin of some sort instead of allowing water to run hot. Rinse men’s shaving razors in a full sink instead of under running water.

Total yearly savings: €40+

 

Kitchen:

Consider buying a halogen oven

Though it's a bit more investment than the rest of these tips, halogen ovens use 75% less energy and do the same cooking in less than half the time an electric oven would. A savoury compromise.

Total yearly savings: €40+

 

Keep your kettle under control

Do not fill up your kettle to the brim—only fill up as much as you need. The more water that’s in the kettle, the more energy it takes to get it to boil. Only fill what you’ll need.

Total yearly savings: €40+

 

Laundry:

Cool it down

Use the cold wash on your washer or set it to 30°C to save in hot water heating.

Total yearly savings: €40

 

Don’t waste a wash

Save up your dirty clothes so you only run full loads on your washing machine and dryer. Better yet—ditch your dryer and let your clothes air dry.

Total yearly savings: €40+

 

Living Areas:

Get out of hot water

Set your boiler to produce hot water at the right temperature. Heat just the areas that are necessary, instead of all taps in the house, and install thermostats to dictate how warm each room should be. If you already have one, try dropping one degree on it during warmer periods of the day to save up to 10% off your bill.

Total yearly savings: up to €75

Change Your Bulbs

Replace your regular high-wattage incandescent bulbs with LED energy saving bulbs all around the house. They use less energy and go for up to ten times longer, saving you energy and replacement expenses. LED lights and compact fluorescent lamps come in a variety of shapes, fittings and sizes so you can use them anywhere in your home. This can save up to annually and provide you with a cheaper alternative.

Total yearly savings: up to €45

 

Turn Things Off

 Turn off appliances not in use and don’t leave them plugged in or on standby. Provided your appliances aren’t in use when you are out of the house, try to leave them unplugged and ease your electricity supply usage. Same goes for your television—turn it off rather than let it go to standby.

Total yearly savings: €80

 

Cavity Wall & Loft Insulation

Walls without insulation lose up to 35% of a home’s heating while lofts can lose up to 25%. Wall insulation can save a typical three-bedroomed house owner massively  in heating expenses. The loft should have insulation to a height of 11 inches or more to prevent heat loss.

Total yearly savings: up to €135

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