Come October, you'll start to see lots of advice on how to keep warm and how to reduce your energy usage during the Winter, but there are also things you can do to reduce your usage in the Summer and if you're like most people without a fancy air conditioned house and you've already failed by thinking tying a bag of ice to a fan will keep the house chilled - Then maybe each of these simple actions below could help you save around £10 off your bill over the next few weeks – a total saving of £70 if you do them all:
Sunlight coming through your windows will heat up your home and cause you to spend more on ways to cool it down during the evening. If you draw the curtains, blinds or shutters during the hottest parts of the day, especially in south facing rooms this will help keep the house a lot cooler.
Everyone likes a summer holiday and you're oven deserves on too! No one likes cooking in a hot, steamy kitchen when it’s already hot and steamy outside and while having a BBQ will help cut your bills, it’s not practical to BBQ every day. Instead use your microwave as much as possible as it only uses around one-third of the electricity your oven does and produces much less heat (cooking with an over can raise the temperature in the kitchen by as much as 10 degrees).
Make sure your fridge and freezer aren’t having to work too hard to keep your lemonade and ice lollies cold. The 4 key things to do are:
1. Set the thermostat to the right temperature
2. Check the door seal and move the appliance away from the wall and dust or vacuum the coils (as dust affects how efficiently the unit will operate).
3. Try and keep the fridge full (even if that’s just with jugs of water) so there’s less air space for it to cool.
4. Stop people opening the door too often as around a third of the air that's been cooled is lost to the room every time this happens
Around 90% of the energy used by your washing machine goes toward heating the water! So using a programme with a lower temperature can save you money. Then take advantage of the warm weather and dry your clothes outside instead of putting them through the dryer – not only will you save energy but line-dried clothes smell much fresher and need less ironing (which will save you even more). You can also do this with your dishwasher: use a cooler wash programme and let the air dry them.
As well as your washing your clothes and dishes in cooler water, do the same for yourself. As much as 25% of your bill could be spent on heating water to wash you and your family, so turn down the temperature of your water heater on your boiler, or if you have an electric shower encourage everyone – especially the kids - to take shorter, cooler showers. You could even put an egg timer in the bathroom!
Every article about how to keep your house warm and over winter talks about the need to seal any gaps around your doors and windows – but this is just as important in the Summer. Any gaps will let the hot air in and the cool air out, so if you haven’t done it yet, get out the sealant gun!
Finally, if you can afford one - they're around £100 - a smart thermostat makes it easy to manage the temperature as the weather changes – even if you’re not around as you can control them from your smartphone. They can also learn your heating and cooling habits to keep things constant which will save you money.
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