How can I use my household appliances more efficiently?
Household appliances make our day-to-day lives that little bit easier, but if you're not aware of how to use them efficiently, they could prove a drain on your finances.
Some simple behavioural changes will make sure you're paying as little as possible for your energy - and not to mention give the environment a helping hand.
Here are some ideas of ways to be more efficient in your use of some of the most common appliances.
Fridges and freezers
There are various ways to ensure your fridge and freezer are operating most effectively - and one of them is to make sure they're fully stocked.
An empty space will take more energy to cool down to the desired temperature than one with items in it, so if you've got plenty of room going spare, fill it with bottles or water or something similar.
It's also a good idea to know what you're looking for in the fridge or freezer before you open the door. This will limit the amount of time warm air has to enter the appliance, which will mean it doesn't waste extra energy cooling it down.
Washing machines and tumble dryers
Loading your washing machine and dryer up is the best way to make sure it runs efficiently, otherwise excess energy will be used where it isn't necessary.
You might also want to think about turning the temperature down, as this will also have a positive impact on your power bills. Many washing detergents are designed to work at lower temperatures, so you shouldn't find any difference in the quality of the clean.
If you can avoid using the tumble dryer completely then do - they're one of the biggest energy guzzlers in the home. Think about hanging your washing outside instead if the weather permits it.
Home entertainment systems
Most homes have a variety of home entertainment technology, but have you ever considered how efficiently you're using them?
When it comes to televisions and games consoles, make sure you avoid using standby mode. This can add to your electricity bills over time and is easily rectified. If you have several appliances in one area, think about investing in a power adaptor with several sockets and one switch to make it easier.
Another top tip is to avoid having home entertainment systems running when you're not actually using them. Leaving TVs on in empty rooms or radios playing to themselves can run up your bills without you realising it.
Posted by Richard West