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    James Longley

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    Last Updated November 28, 2022

    How to save energy this winter

    As winter draws in and the weather becomes chillier, people are spending more time at home and using more household energy. With rising energy prices, many people are struggling with their energy bills this winter, it is more important than ever to save energy this winter.

    Although the energy price cap is now in place, many households will continue to struggle with high energy prices this winter. Implementing ways to use less energy is the best way to reduce your energy bills and save on energy. Therefore, we have created a full list of a few simple ways you can implement energy-saving tips to help you save energy this winter.

    Check out Martin Lewis’ energy savings tips video to find out more about how you can save energy during the winter months.

    Close your curtains

    Windows are not as well insulated as your walls and can cause major heat loss. Closing your curtains when the sun goes down can keep the heat inside. We recommend thick curtains to stop heat loss which will help save money on your bills and help you stay warm this winter.

    Eco Mode

    Switch your average household appliances to eco mode to limit their energy usage and bring down your consumption. This is also something to bare this in when buying new appliances.

    Switch off

    Always remember to turn off devices rather than leave them on standby mode when they aren’t being used otherwise you will be wasting costly energy when you could be saving money.

    LED technology

    If you don’t already don’t should buy and install LED bulbs throughout your home or business, and these will use a lot less energy in comparison to traditional bulbs that use the most. Still, wondering how can save money on your average consumption? Get in touch with one of our energy experts today to find out more.

    Reduce draughts

    Some older homes will lose heat through draughts which can be found around doors and windows, window frames and chimney flue. Reducing draughts could save you around £25 a year on your bill. It is worth investing in professional draught proofing, but this can be costly, and you could be paying around £200 for materials and installation. You can also invest in a chimney draught excluder can help reduce your carbon footprint as it will help you save 70kg of carbon dioxide emissions as well as £17 a year on your bills.

    How much electricity do appliances within your home use?

    Ever wondered what the average household consumption is based on each appliance? This is a commonly asked question that we have detailed below:

    How much does a TV use?

    A 55-inch smart TV uses roughly one unit of electricity to power around 12 hours of viewing which equals about 2 pence per hour.

    How much does a dishwasher use?

    Dishwashers only contribute to about 2% of your whole average bill. It lately depends on what model appliance is being used but an A+++ dishwasher can cost approximately £23 annually to run while B+ dishwashers can cost about £43 to run.

    How much does a fridge freezer use?

    A fridge freezer is a common household item which is a necessity and the larger it is the more power it will use. A fridge freezer can assume to be 8% of your bill. An A-rated fridge freezer can cost roughly £39 annually and a larger 525L model can take this price to £50.

    How much does an oven use?

    Ovens can contribute up to 3% of a homeowner’s energy bill. Ovens are another household item which can be expensive but is a necessity. A 3.3kw oven can cost homeowners up to £90 annually when used for an average of 30 minutes a day.

    How much does a tumble dryer or washing machines use?

    A tumble dryer is commonly known as a more costly home appliance that can contribute to up to 13% of your energy bill. It is estimated that the annual price of running a tumble dyer is £85. You can save on your bill by letting your washing dry on the line rather than using a dryer during the summer months.

    How much do lighting and heating use?

    Heating systems can use up to 27% of your bills with hot water taking up to 14% more than this. In addition to this, lighting can use up to 12% of a homeowner’s bills. Although this is a necessary item your home must be at the right temperature. Even making slight changes can have a substantial impact on your bills.

    How much do other appliances use?

    It is best practice to fill your kettle with a few cups of hot water to help cut the cost of using a kettle within the home. Boiling a kettle for 10 minutes per day can cost you up to £30 a year. Other appliances such as a desktop computer can contribute an added £15 a year when used every day. Having a tablet or laptop is considered far more energy efficient so it is worth switching to save on your household bills.

    The factors affecting your average consumption

    The size of your home or business

    The size and surface area of your home or business is one of the biggest factors that will affect your average consumption. Each premise will have a different number of rooms and different requirements. The bigger your property, the more you will use it.

    The number of devices

    There will be a vast number of devices that are used every single day. If these devices are constantly left on standby, they will all be adding to your electricity bills. Devices such as heating controls, laptops, lighting, and kitchen appliances are all necessities that add to your energy costs.

    Cavity wall insulation

    If you are looking to save on your average electricity consumption, insulating your business will help with saving energy by preventing heat loss and air leaks. This is a long-term investment that will save you money overall.

    Construction date

    The age of your home will also reflect how energy efficient it will likely be. The older your home is, the more energy you will use which will have a knock-on effect on your average consumption.

    Your lifestyle

    One of the biggest factors that will affect your average consumption will be your lifestyle. How much power you use day to day will have a long-term effect on your average consumption.

    Meter type

    The type of meter you have will also influence your consumption. A newer smart thermostat automatically tells your energy provider your usage use based on your actual consumption. A smart thermostat ensures you will be paying an exact amount for what you are using and implement energy efficiency tips. Whereas older meters do not work in the same way and are not as exact which will influence how much you pay.

    What is the average energy usage per day in the UK?

    The average UK household will use between 8.5kWh and 10 kWh of energy. This is only a guideline figure as many influencing factors affect this figure. The factors include what appliances you own, their energy efficiency, how long they are left switched on and much more.

    Woman checking energy usage
    Appliance kWh (1) Cost per hour (2)
    Tumble dryer (3,000 watts) 3 £1.02
    Oven (2,000W) 2 68p
    Kettle (1,800W) 1.8 61p
    Electric hob (1,700W) 1.7 58p
    Vacuum cleaner (1,400W) 1.4 48p
    Dishwasher (1,200W) 1.2 41p
    Microwave (1,200W) 1.2 41p
    Toaster (1,200W) 1.2 41p
    Iron (1,100W) 1.1 37p
    Air fryer (1,000W) 1 34p
    Washer (700W) 0.7 24p
    Electric clothes airer (250W) 0.25 8.5p
    Slow cooker (225W) 0.225 8p
    PlayStation 5 (201W) 0.201 7p
    Electric blanket (100W) 0.1 3.4p
    Sky Q box (45W) 0.045 1.5p
    TV (30W) 0.03 1.02p
    Fridge (28W) 0.028 0.95p
    BT Hub (12W) 0.012 0.41p
    Light bulb (10W) 0.01 0.34p
    Sky Q box (standby) (9W) 0.009 0.31p
    Microwave (standby) (7W) 0.007 0.24p
    Phone charger (5W) 0.005 0.17p
    PlayStation 5 (standby) (0.36W) 0.00036 0.01p

    (1) kWh (kilowatt hours) are the units used to measure how much power is used by an appliance. It works out as the watt power of an appliance divided by 1,000 (when used for one hour). (2) Prices based on the 1 October 2022 price guarantee rate of 34p/kWh. Source – Money Saving Expert

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