ELECTRICAL ENERGY SAVING TIPS

Light bulbs - Replacing just one old light bulb with an energy saving recommended one can reduce lighting costs by up to £78 over the lifetime of the bulb. Plus they last up to 12 times longer than ordinary light bulbs.


Thermostat - As a rule of thumb, you can save around 3% on your heating bill for every degree that you turn down your thermostat. Turning your thermostat down doesn't necessarily mean you have to be colder: There are a number of other products on the market, such as radiator boosters, that help capture radiator heat and distribute it around the room more efficiently. Alternatively you could consider getting a new SMART thermostat, the common ones being HIVE and NEST. AK ELectrics are able to supply and fit a smart thermostat to your existing system which will more than pay for itself in less than 2 years!!


Washing machine & dryer - Wash full loads rather than just a few items. When possible use a setting of 40°C or even 30°C. By doing this you can use 1/3 less electricity.


Also, you'd be surprised at how much you save by ditching your dryer. In the summer, use an outdoor line. In the winter, you can use a drying rack and your radiators. Remember to put the rack near your windows on sunny days to expedite the drying process and take your laundry off the radiators as soon as it’s dry, as this will enable the heat to go into the room. If you do have to use the dryer, you use tumble dryer balls to reduce drying time.


Dishwasher - Fill the dishwasher before using. Use the economy setting if you have that option. In some dishwashers this can be more efficient than washing by hand.


Kettle - Don't boil a full kettle every time, only boil the amount you need.


Oven - Try not to open the oven door while cooking if possible. Heat lost by opening the door causes the oven to use more energy. You can also try to be less reliant on your oven a cook a greater proportion of your meals using the microwave.


Hob - Avoid using oversized pots and use a lid where you can. Stacked steamers are a great of harnessing the power of one hob to cook more than one item.


Fridges & Freezers - Defrost these appliances regularly, this helps them to run more efficiently. Bear in mind that some fridges and freezers self defrost. Check your manual if your not sure. Pack your fridge and freezer. Food acts as insulation, so keeping your fridge and freezer stocked lessens the amount of time it has to run to stay cool.


General appliances - Before you go to bed turn off the power to appliances such as TV's, Stereo's, DVD players and any other items that do not need to stay on. These appliances can consume considerable amounts of energy while on standby. You could also try using power strips. With all your appliances all plugged into the same area, you'll have an easier time remembering to turn everything off.



Do you know how much electricity you use at home every day? The cost of boiling a kettle, turning on the lights or charging your mobile phone all add up. With the price of electricity on the rise, there has never been a better incentive to start saving energy. As well as saving you money by cutting your electricity bill, becoming more energy efficient will also mean less burning of fossil fuels. Burning fossil fuels to produce electricity increases carbon emissions, which are linked to climate change. The easiest way to save on electricity is to make sure you're on the cheapest energy tariff. Use our independent switching service, Which? Switch, to look for a cheap electricity tariff. Measuring electricity efficiency Electricity consumption is usually measured in kilowatt hours, or kWh for short. An electrical item rated at 1,000W switched on for one hour uses 1kWh of energy (1,000W = 1kW). A 20W CFL-type light bulb (equivalent to a 100W traditional bulb), on for one hour, uses 0.02 kWh of electricity A 10W CFL-type light bulb (equivalent to a 60W traditional bulb), on for one hour, uses 0.01 kWh of electricity A 10W CFL-type light bulb, on for two hours, uses 0.02 kWh of electricity A good way to get a handle on how much electricity you're using is to set up an energy monitor. These handheld gadgets can tell you in near real time exactly how much you're using in pounds and pence or kWh. Find out more about them in our energy monitor guide. Electricity costs on your bills Electricity suppliers sometimes refer to each kWh of electricity as a 'unit of electricity'. They have a charge for each kWh (or each unit) - this is currently around 11-12p. So having a 20W CFL bulb on for one hour uses 0.02 kWh of electricity – 0.33p. With many household bulbs and electrical appliances being on for several hours a day, it's easy to see how electricity costs can add up. Most suppliers also have a daily standing charge for being connected to their electricity supply, before adding their charge per unit used. Some also charge a higher rate up to a certain amount of electricity used. Find out how much energy your home appliances use, and how it adds up, with our energy cost calculators. Choose the fuel type to compare: Gas and electricity Electricity only Gas only Start saving electricity There's lots you can do to start saving energy and money. For example, you can invest in more energy-efficient household appliances when it's time to replace them. When we test appliances in our lab, we measure how much electricity each one uses. This means you can use our reviews to pick the products that won't hike up your energy bill. Or, if you want to go straight to the heart of the problem, consider generating your own electricity using solar panels or switching to a cheap energy deal. But it's not all about grand gestures. Smaller changes, such as unplugging your mobile phone's charger when the battery is fully charged, may shave only a few pence off your electricity bill. But in the long run, this can have a huge impact on the environment if we all get into the habit. More on cutting your energy bills Heating Controls - Five Money-Saving Tips Gas Meters and Electricity Meters - What You Need to Know All advice on cutting your energy bills You may also be interested in How to Buy Solar Panels Are smart thermostats worth it? How to Buy the Best Electric Heater Best and worst energy 



The Nest Learning Thermostat learns the temperatures that you like when you’re at home and then programs itself. It turns itself down when you’re away. That’s how it saves energy. And here’s the proof.


Most thermostats are programmable. They make you enter every temperature change that you want throughout the day or choose a start and stop time for heating your home. It’s annoying and complicated – many people don’t even bother.


How does learning make a difference?


No more programming. Just turn the Nest Thermostat up and down for the first few days after it's been installed. It will get to know the temperatures that you like and when you like them. Then it programs itself. It even turns itself down when you’re away so that you’re not heating an empty home. The Nest Thermostat also learns about your home and figures out how it heats or cools, because no two homes are exactly the same. And it considers the outside weather conditions. So, it can figure out when to turn on the heating to get your home to the temperature you want without wasting energy, or when to turn the temperature down to prevent overshooting.


The Nest Thermostat also shows you how to save energy. Each time you adjust your thermostat to an energy-efficient temperature, you’ll see the Nest Leaf. Over time, it becomes harder to get the Leaf, encouraging you to save even more energy. Then you can check your Energy History on the Nest app to see how much you use every day and what has caused any big changes in your energy use. Nest also sends you a monthly Home Report so that you can compare how much energy you’re using this month versus last month. As you learn more about how and why you save energy, you can make simple changes to be more efficient.



Save energy: how can I make my home more environmentally friendly? 


Energy is expensive, and it’s most likely not going to get any cheaper in the future. Follow these tips to save energy, money and make your home more environmentally friendly.


Lights


Cutting your lighting bill is the easiest way to save money and energy. Make sure you turn off lights when leaving rooms

Have your electrician move light switches so that it’s easier for you to remember to turn them off. Think about having them at the top and bottom of staircases, end of hallways or near doors

Install LED lighting technology. Although initially it can be expensive to have installed, you could consume 80 per cent less energy and they last for 25 to 30 years

Gadgets and appliances:


Make sure all of your electric gadgets are disconnected from electricity when they have been fully charged

Don’t keep your electric gadgets or small appliances on ‘stand-by’

Purchase energy efficient appliances. Look out for how much energy the appliance will consume. On new appliances, you should see a graph indicating the amount of energy it requires. This will be labelled A to G: A being the most energy efficient and G being the least

Thermostat:


Keep an even temperature in your home

Keep curtains closed so that heat doesn’t escape through windows

Turn your thermostat down by one degree. According to the Energy Saving Trust you could save £65 a year by doing this

Energy monitors:


Think about purchasing an energy monitor that will determine how much energy your home consumes and how much it is costing you. If you have any questions about how you can save energy and make your home more environmentally friendly, please contact us so that we can carry out an energy assessment


What is energy efficiency?


Energy efficiency means using less energy to provide the same service. When considering how to save energy at home, it could be by using energy saving appliances or ensuring your home is properly insulated to reduce heating usage.


Energy efficiency is not to be mistaken with energy conservation. Although similar, energy conservation is the act of reducing or going without a service to save energy, for example, walking to the shop instead of using the car.


Energy efficiency at home is not just great for the environment and can reduce CO2 emissions, it’s also great for your pocket and can save you money too.


As energy prices continue to rise here’s our advice on how to save energy at home; our simple energy saving tips will help you to keep the bills down.


How to save energy at home? 


As energy prices continue to rise, our simple energy saving tips will help you to keep the bills down.


Energy-Saving Light Bulbs – A bright idea


They last up to 10 times longer than traditional bulbs, and use around 80% less energy. An energy-saving light bulb produces the same amount of light at 13-18w as the more traditional 60w bulb. This reduces energy costs and saves you up to £60 over the lifetime of the light bulb.

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