Gas Call Services understand the importance of energy saving for our clients and their residents. We therefore agree with our clients what the most relevant Energy Savings Hints & Tips are for their resident group. Our engineers can then leave behind an Energy Savings Hints & Tips Fact Sheet that contains 10 top energy saving tips.
10 Top Energy Saving Hints & Tips
Households are able to take more control over their energy usage and costs by taking some simple steps, like those below:
- Check your energy tariff at least once each year to ensure that you are on the most competitive tariff
- Use a timer to have your heating to come on and off only as you need it – it is not cheaper to leave it on all the time
- Switch off or unplug any appliances you are not using. If they have a stand-by light, a display or are hot to the touch they’ll be using energy just by being plugged in.
- Switch off lights when not needed and ensure you are using energy efficient light bulbs
- Hang your washing up to dry outside if you can. If you need to use a radiator then avoid putting the clothes directly on it, which can make it work harder to provide the same level of heating
- Empty your vacuum cleaner regularly. A full one will use more energy than an empty one to do the same job, as it will take longer to do the same amount of work, as well as being more likely to break down
- Set your fridge at 3-5°C and your freezer at -18°C to make sure they’re working at their best. Make sure you dust regularly around the back as this can affect your fridge’s efficiency
- Turn off your oven 5-10 minutes before the scheduled end cooking time, depending on the total time your food has had in there. Ovens are one of the most energy-hungry appliances in the home and you can use the built up heat to finish the cooking
- Close your curtains and shut your doors during cold weather, to keep heat in the rooms you’re using. Switch off the lights when you leave a room and replace old bulbs with energy efficient ones
- Washing at a lower temperature will use less electricity. Washing at 30ºC rather than 40ºC can save you a third of the cost to run the cycle.