Energy Saving Tips for the UK Prepper
There is no doubt about it, prepping costs money and that doesn’t come from fresh air. The more money that can be saved elsewhere, the more that you can spend on your prepping supplies. We are going to share with you our list of the best energy saving tips for around your home which in turn will leave you with extra money in your pocket.
- 1 Lower the Thermostat
- 2 Turn Down the Shower Pressure
- 3 Don’t Waste the Cooker Heat
- 4 Cooker Rings
- 5 Fill the Fridge and Freezer
- 6 Turn Lights Off
- 7 Radiators
- 8 Wash Clothes at 30°C – 40°C
- 9 Stop Tumble-Drying
- 10 Fill the Dishwasher
- 11 Unplug Appliances
- 12 Let the Sun in
- 13 Free Cavity Wall Insulation
- 14 Free Loft Insulation
- 15 Free Solar Panels
- 16 Energy Saving Grants
- 17 Extra Tips
Lower the Thermostat
You must take the time to understand the timer settings on your thermostat. By keeping the thermostat on a constant low heat you can save more money than by keep turning it on and off for bursts of heat. Turning it down by just 1°C can save as much as £60 per year.
Turn Down the Shower Pressure
It may feel good standing underneath a high power pressure shower but you would be surprised at how much water they actually use. Believe it or not, sometimes this can even be more than a bath. Turn the pressure down to save a little here.
Don’t Waste the Cooker Heat
Next time you have finished cooking, leave the oven door open to make use of the produced heat instead of letting it go to waste.
If your cooker has a small ring, use a small pan. You might only be heating up a small meal, and doing so in a big pan wastes a lot of energy. Conversely if you try and heat a large pan on the small ring you’re more likely to end up heating for longer than saving any money or energy.
Fill the Fridge and Freezer
A half-empty fridge and freezer needs to do more work than a full well-stocked one. Save energy and money here by simply keeping them stocked.
Turn Lights Off
When they are not needed or you leave a room, get in to the habit of switching the lights off.
Switch off radiators in the rooms you’re not using regularly and keep internal doors shut. Otherwise, draughts and poorly insulated windows will mean you’re burning energy un-necessarily.
Also make sure that all your radiators aren’t blocked by curtains or furniture – it’s good to make the best of the heat you’re paying for!
Wash Clothes at 30°C – 40°C
90% of a washing machine’s energy expenditure is spent on heating the water, so if you wash your clothes at 30-40 °C you’re saving significant amounts of money.
If there is warm or windy weather then you have no excuse for not air-drying the laundry.
Fill the Dishwasher
Whenever possible, don’t use the dishwasher until it is fully loaded. If you use it overnight, remember that it will be using energy until you switch it off in the morning. This could be dealt with by investing in a plug timer.
When not in use, switch off and unplug your appliances that don’t get used often – even chargers continue to use electricity when they aren’t charging. Also, make sure you’re not leaving appliances on standby: it may be easier but it’s also a guaranteed way to waste energy compared to turning things off at the socket.
Let the Sun in
If it’s sunny outside, opening your curtains will let the warmth into your house, but when it’s colder or the sun goes down don’t forget to close them to keep that heat in.
Free Cavity Wall Insulation
There are now government-backed full and partial grants available to help you pay for insulation if your home has cavity walls.
Getting this done could save you around 15% on your fuel bills, so you could be saving on average £98 a year. Even if you don’t receive money from the government, insulation is still worth it in the long run.
Free Loft Insulation
As much as 25% of the heat in your home could be disappearing into your loft space. What’s more, even older properties that already have insulation in place may not have the recommended levels, particularly if it was installed in the 1970s or 1980s.
If you apply for a loft insulation grant, you could save about 19% on your fuel bills – which works out at an average of £128 per year.
Free Solar Panels
Having solar panels installed on your house could save you as much as a third on your electricity bills. What’s more, thanks to the government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme solar panel installers get paid for the energy generated, so they may install them for free.
Energy Saving Grants
Need help making your UK home more energy efficient? There are plenty of grants available to assist with the cost. For more information, see the following link:
- Draught proof around your front door(including the letter box) to help prevent cold air rushing into your home during the winter months.
- Shut windows during the winter. If the heating is on then you are letting all the hot air escape straight out of the window.
- Put a jacket on the hot water tank to help minimise heat loss.
- Swap out all your old light bulbs for energy efficient bulbs.
- If boiling water in the kettle, only boil as much as is needed.
- Put radiator reflectors behind the radiators to reflect heat back into the room, this will help the radiators warm the room more effectively.
- Reduce cooking times by using lids on your pots and pans.
- Save on your energy bills by using a price comparison site like USwitch – this will identify cheaper energy tariffs to move onto, and so while it won’t help you use less energy, it will help you pay less for the energy that you do use.