Energy saving tips for home owners

Please find below our top tips for saving electricicty in your home.  It’s the simple things that can make all the difference and you don’t have to invest in expensive equipment to save energy and save money…

1. Number one on our list is to start monitoring your electricity usage.   Once you can see where you are potentially wasting electricity, it’s easier to take action and make changes to reduce your usage. Some Energy Suppliers provide Energy Monitors free of charge to their customers so it’s worth checking with your supplier.  If this is not an option, you can buy simple devices from places like Amazon and Argos from as little as £35.  For more information please go to our Energy Monitoring page.

2. If you have electric heating or a heat pump, try turning your thermostat down a degree or two.

3. Make sure appliances are fully turned off and not left on stand-by e.g. TVs, DVD players, PCs and don’t leave appliances charging for longer than is necessary e.g. phones, ipads, electric toothbrushes.  You’ll be surprised how much energy is used by appliances left on standby or charging.

4. Turn off lights when leaving a room – sounds obvious but does it happen in reality? If you have outside lights operating on a sensor, check them occasionally to make sure they are not staying on during the day.  These are often powerful halogen lights that burn a lot of electricity and it’s not uncommon for the sensors to fail.

5. Change halogen light bulbs to low energy compact fluorescent or LED bulbs.  There are lots of shapes and sizes of lamps available now to suit most fittings.  Morgans Electrical offers a free lighting survey and can recommend which fittings and lamps to change to achieve the best savings.  See our Low Energy Lighting Page for more details.

6. Don’t fill your kettle every time you switch it on – only boil the amount of water you need.

7. Set your washing machine to 30º and/or quick wash programmes as often as possible, particularly when the load is not heavily soiled.  The higher the temperature and the longer the wash, the more electricity the washing machine will use.

8. Set your dishwasher to the Eco setting as often as possible, particularly when the load is not heavily soiled.

9. Only use a tumble dryer if you can’t get clothes dry any other way – these machines use a lot of electricity.

10.  If you have an electric shower, can you shorten the time spent in it by a minute or two?  Or can you turn the temperature down slightly.

According to the Energy Saving Trust, many households could save between £150 and £300 a year by taking simple energy saving measures including those outlined above.  If you would like to talk to one of our team about how you can reduce electricity usage in your home, complete our contact form or call us now on 01525 213103.