Creative energy saving methods
We all know that in the shadow of particularly high electricity prices, we should all make sure to switch off our lights, use less hot water and unplug appliances at the wall socket.
These traditional tricks and tips do make a difference, however there are some increasingly crafty and creative measures you can take to keep your household energy bill down - as nobody loves being hit with an extra big bill at the end of the month.
So without further ado, here are some of our favourite creative ways of saving energy in the home.
Do your own energy audit
Work out how to save energy in your home by looking out for what's chewing through your electricity. Get out your old electricity and water bills - as many as you have - and compare them.
Do your costs go up significantly in winter? Do you use more water in summer? By identifying trends, you can recognise times where you need to make more of an effort to cut back on your usage.
You could make the switch to energy efficient light bulbs then see how much your bill goes down the next month. Try cutting down on your water usage, and see the impact on your next bill. Isolate different aspects of your energy use and you'll be more informed and make smarter decisions.
Do you have a ceiling fan?
These handy contraptions can help you save money on heating in the winter. If you run them in reverse, hotter air that collects up near your ceiling will be circulated back down making the room warmer - meaning you don't need to use so much other heating.
Fix and draughts or leaks
If you've seen a spike in your electricity bill for no reason, it could be that something like your hot water cylinder is leaking, or perhaps your home is getting draughty and you're inadvertently spending more money on heating.
Check out your doors and windows for any cracks which might be letting air sneak through, and take a look at your hot water cylinder to see if there's anything strange going on. You can also insulate your hot water pipes so they keep water hot as it travels to its destination.
Posted by Matthew Cole