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Saving Energy at Christmas

A 4 minute read

Just changing your routine, opting for slightly different technologies and how you carry out tasks can save hundreds of pounds each year so why not start this Christmas. Things will get hectic, and you will want to stay comfortable in your home so why not begin to take control of your energy bills? It’s an expensive time of year, and these simple steps can make all the difference.

Reducing your energy bills doesn't need to mean making big changes or investing heavily on devices, but you can cut your energy usage and save money just by altering normal behaviours while still fulfilling your seasonal routine.

With many of us planning to spend Christmas with friends and family at home, and the fact that winter weather is now beginning to arrive, people are instinctively reaching for the thermostat to crank the heating up to keep everyone warm and cosy. Festive lights and using the oven more than usual can also have a significant impact on your electricity bills, so it’s not surprising that statistically Christmas is the time of year we use the most energy in our homes.

Collectively we spend £1 million on Christmas day to watch TV which is equivalent of what we need to power 21,000-33,000 televisions for a whole year.

Fortunately, there are lots of little habits that you can change to ensure that your family stays warm and cosy for less this Christmas. Here, we share the secrets that can save you money, use less energy and still allow you to enjoy your Christmas festivities

Keeping the heat in

Keeping the windows closed whenever possible, particularly when you are generating heat by cooking will avoid wasting energy at Christmastime.

Try to move furniture away from radiators, this will allow your room to heat more efficiently, and therefore the boiler will be in use for less time.

Closing internal doors to keep the heat in and shut curtains at dusk- this is far cosier and can reduce heat loss by more than 10%. Check for draughts around your windows and install excluders if required.

Turn your thermostat down

According to Energy Saving Trust, just one degree Celsius lower could cut your heating bills by up to 10%, saving families £60 a year, according to the Energy Saving Trust. Rember all those extra visitors will also be radiating heat, so turn it down as much as you can to utilise their natural heat source.

Use the cooker efficiently

When using the oven or fridge, keep the door shut, and make big batches of food whenever possible to improve your energy efficiency. Use every shelf together, baking mince pies on the top shelf, vegetables on the middle shelf and cooking a ham joint on another, for example, uses the same amount of energy as if you were only cooking the meat. It will use less energy to reheat food later than to cook it from fresh!

Defrosting food in the fridge will act as an ice pack for the fridge (like a cool box) reducing electricity consumption. Otherwise, defrost food overnight, instead of microwaving it.

Ensure that only pre-cooled foods are placed in the fridge.

Chill your water

Ok, this one saves your water bill but helps the overall energy system. Instead of running the cold water until it is cool enough to drink, chill a jug in the fridge. Water costs you money and your supplier lots of energy to produce.

Turn it off

Even the "energy efficient" items use less energy if they are switched totally off, not just on standby by but totally off!

LED Christmas/fairy lights use 90% less energy than traditional bulbs. If we all swapped a string of lights for LEDs, we would save a combined £13 million during the 12 days of Christmas, according to Energy Saving Trust. Timer devices can save you energy too, timing lights to come on at dusk and off at say 10.00 could save many kWh if you would usually leave them on all day while you are at work.

Replacing your home's standard bulbs and halogen spotlights with energy saving light bulbs could save you £35 - £100 a year.

Remember to turn off the lights when you leave a room, especially overnight. Always switch electrical appliances off standby when you've finished using them, and only charge laptops and mobile phones when you need to, not only will this save on your bills but also extend the life cycle of your batteries, saving you, even more, money.

Did you know? 78% of us admit to regularly and knowingly leaving at least two devices on standby. A TV left on standby for 20 hours a day could cost around £20 a year alone just in standby mode.

Go solar

Like to decorate your home and garden too? Why not it is Christmas after all. Investing in solar-powered fairy lights won’t add to your electricity bills.


 

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Email: info@thegreenwaysolar.co.uk