March 27, 2020

How to minimise your energy usage when spending more time at home

How to minimise your energy usage when spending more time at home:

With many of us now spending more time at home, we are likely to be using (a lot) more energy than usual. That makes now the perfect time to sign up to Flipper’s auto-switching service (find out more about how energy auto-switching works here). Flipper ensure that you stay on a cheap energy tariff month after month and our members save an average £385 / year on their energy bill. As well as switching to a better deal here are some handy hints on how to use less energy while at home:

 

Heating

While the weather is still a bit cooler don’t be tempted to turn up your heating if you are at home during the day. Putting on an extra layer is a much better option.

Fridge Freezer

Fridge freezers use energy trying to maintain a constant temperature in their compartments. Try following the below tips to reduce the amount of energy it uses:

·      Keep your fridge at least three quarters full - fill the space with bottles of water if needed.

·      Defrost frozen food in the fridge. This acts like an ice pack and helps cool the fridge.

·      Don’t keep opening the door (more of a challenge if you have kids at home) or leave the door open longer than necessary as this lets in warm air which then needs to be cooled.

·      Don’t put warm food in your freezer, allow food to cool down first.

·      Don’t overfill your fridge. While being three quarters full helps, if it is too full the cool air won’t be able to circulate, and the appliance will use more energy to keep cold.

Of course, even if you follow these tips, your heating and fridge freezer will still be using energy, so to minimise the cost you need to be on a low price energy tariff. Flipper find and switch you to a better energy deal automatically, and keep switching you whenever you can save another £50/yr. You can start saving right now.

Cleaning & Washing

Spending more time at home could mean you need to do less clothes washing but have more dirty dishes. Either way the same principles apply for washing machines and dishwashers:

·      Always wash a full load if possible. Your appliance will use the same energy per wash however full it is.

·      Always use the eco cycle (if your appliance has one). This can cut energy use by 16%.  

·      Wash lightly soiled clothes or dishes at a lower temp. This will still get them clean while using less energy.

·      Dry the clothes outside - weather permitting - rather than use a tumble dryer.

·      Don’t spend longer than usual in the shower, even though it may be tempting to have another five minutes under the water now you aren’t trying to beat the rush hour.

·      Let your hair dry naturally rather instead of using a hair dryer

Food & Cooking

The key here is to try to maintain your previous routine. Cooking one evening meal for the whole household uses much less energy than letting everyone cook for themselves at different times.

If you are a big tea or coffee drinker while at work, try making a flask at the start of the day rather than repeatedly boiling the kettle. Other things that can reduce the energy used when cooking are:

·      Use the microwave rather than an electric oven where possible.

·      Only boil the amount of water you need to use – for cooking or hot drinks.

·      Use the kettle to boil water for cooking pasta, veg etc. rather than heating it in a pan on the hob.          

Entertainment

Laptops, TV’s and games consoles are now very energy efficient. A 55” Smart TV can use as little as 2p of electricity an hour, but if your family are spending significantly more time watching TV and gaming, then the cost will begin to add up.

·      Switch off devices when they are not being used e.g. don’t leave your laptop on when you finish working.

·      Find something you can watch/play as a household.

·      Do more offline activities. Board games and jigsaws can be great fun as a family, pass a lot of time and don’t use any gas or electricity.

Your Tariff

Finally, even if you can reduce the amount of energy you are using, the amount you pay for each unit of energy will be the biggest factor in how much your bill is.

The cheapest tariffs available are nearly £340/yr cheaper than the cost of a standard variable tariff for typical household usage, so if you haven’t switched energy supplier in the last 12 months doing it now could cut your monthly cost from £100 to £70.

Flipper.co.uk will find and switch you to a better energy deal, taking care of everything for you. Our members save an average of £385/yr. Start saving now

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