Small changes in Spring weather can add up to big savings

With Spring firmly in bloom and the days getting warmer, this is the perfect opportunity to carry out small energy saving changes around the home to make the most of the natural heat and light.

Use thermostats to control temperatures

  • Using a thermostat in your home will mean that you can regulate temperatures, and ensure that you are only generating the amount of heat that is needed.
  • Turn your thermostat down. Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10% and typically saves around £65 per year. If you have a timer, set your heating and hot water to come on only when required rather than all the time.

Energy efficient lighting

  • Use energy saving light bulbs. They last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs, and using one can save you around £50 over the lifetime of the bulb. This saving could be around £130 over its lifetime if you’re replacing a high wattage incandescent bulb, or one used for more than a few hours a day.
  • Use natural lighting as much as possible. If you have lights on a timer, this is a good time to check them and make sure they are only on when needed.

Laundry

  • Consider taking advantage of the warmer air and dry your laundry outside, rather than using a tumble dryer; your clothes will feel fresher and you will save money too.
  • Air after wear. Try to minimise unnecessary washing by hanging up clothes to air after wearing them so you can get the maximum use out of each item before needing to wash it.

It is important to take advantage of the Spring weather, where savings can be made. Using the tips we have provided will certainly help you on your way to making your home energy efficient.

Statistics are gathered from the Energy Saving Trust website