5 Little Known Energy Saving Tips & Tricks You Never Knew

November 10th, 2014 - Posted by in Blog

For even the most ardent of energy conscious households, energy wastage can a problem to varying degrees – sometimes because you aren’t even aware of all the ways you’re losing money. We all know about keeping the windows shut in winter (double-glazed, of course), turning off the lights when you leave a room and not keeping devices on stand-by – even if most of us still don’t do these things – but what about the lesser known energy saving techniques?

Read on as renewable energy experts SolarTech take you through five tips and tricks for saving energy that you may not have known about.

Keep that fridge full

Full fridge

Your fridge-freezer will consume 427kWh per year on average, and this equates to roughly £62 worth of energy, but then can you really do anything to limit this? It’s not like you can switch it off at night and let all your food defrost and go off is it.

One thing you can do is ensure that both the refrigerator and freezer are kept well stocked. When you open the door warm air rushes in to fill the spaces between your food, marginally increasing the temperature inside and meaning that your fridge-freezer has to work harder to return the temperature back to the desired level.

However, if there are plenty of food items within it then there is less space for warm air to move into, and therefore the appliance doesn’t have to work as hard.

Think Green(ery)

Green plant

Not only are air conditioning systems expensive install, but they are also pretty expensive to run, however there is a low-cost alternative that will also make your home look more attractive – indoor plants.

A process known as transpiration – the evaporation of water from the aerial parts of the plant – increases humidity in your home, and this helps to bring down the temperature.

Use the dishwasher MORE often

Use dishwasher

In terms of energy consumption you’d presume that a dishwasher would use more than simply doing the dishes in the sink – right?

Not so, according to the Energy Saving Trust, who estimate that a household that only washes dishes by hand will pay an extra £13 a year more than one that uses a dishwasher.

It is also a common myth that pre-rinsing dishes before putting them through the dishwasher can help to save money as the appliance doesn’t have to work as hard, however a report compiled by US-based non-profit organisation Consumer Reports found that this method can use an additional 6,000 gallons of water every year, while you’ll also be wasting the energy required to heat it.

Avoid Overcharging

From our phones and e-readers through to tablet computers and laptops, the modern home is full of devices that require regular charging, however a study released in February 2013 found that nearly half of us (49%) could be overcharging our gadgets and wasting energy – not to mention negatively affecting the performance of batteries.

phone charger

But then how can you tell when a gadget is fully charged? By implementing a timer on your device chargers you won’t even have to worry about overcharging when you go to sleep at night, and hopefully save yourself plenty of money over the course of a year.

Get Audited

If we’re honest with ourselves we’d probably admit that we could all do with being a little more energy conscious when it comes to how much electricity we, however it can be difficult to identify exactly where the energy is being wasted if you’re not an expert.

An energy audit can help you to find out exactly where you’re using (and wasting) the most energy in your home, and there are a number of independent companies who can offer these to homeowners in the UK. Go to the Act on Energy website to find out more about booking an energy efficiency audit.

What are your tips and tricks for saving energy here and there? Let us know in the comments below.

John Rooney blogs on behalf of SolarTech, specialists in the design and installation of renewable energy systems including solar panels, biomass boilers and heat pumps.

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