Energy prices have soared over the last 12 months, and everybody has felt the impact.
Approximately 22 million customers in the UK are now paying around £693 more than the previous year, as energy bills have increased to nearly £2000 per year.
In response, many households are looking for ways to meet these costs, and this article will show you how you can reduce your energy consumption and minimize the impact on your finances.
Firstly, you need to discover how much electricity your appliances typically use. After which, you may want to replace some older appliances with modern energy-efficient ones.
What are the different types of appliances?
1. Wet appliances
These appliances main use water e.g. washing machines and dishwashers. Due to their size and their requirement to heat water, it’s no surprise that they typically consume the most amount of electricity. According to the Energy Saving Trust, approximately 16% of energy bill costs are due to wet appliances.
2. Cold appliances
Fridges and freezers are also big energy consumers, which account for around 12% of the average household bill. These appliances need to be switched on all the time and are therefore a burden when reducing energy consumption.
Computers and TVs are no doubt heavily used appliances in almost every home. Even though we can turn them off when not in use, we tend to use multiple devices constantly, causing our bills to sky-rocket.
We all tend to have multiple lights switched on at the same time in our homes, and often for many hours. Lighting contributes to around 6% of the average household’s energy bill, according to the Energy Saving Trust.
How can you reduce energy consumption?
Having identified which appliances tend to use the most electricity, you can begin to make adjustments to conserve electricity. Here are some simple tips which could result in huge savings:
– Choose light bulbs that are more energy-efficient and ensure that lights aren’t left on in rooms, hallways, or landings unnecessarily.
– Wash your clothes at lower temperatures, and only wash with full loads instead of half loads to save water consumption. Switch on the Eco setting on your dishwasher or washing machine if the option exists.
– Don’t overload your fridge or freezer, so less energy is required to keep food cold.
– Buy new A-rated energy-efficient appliances to replace older ones.
Despite energy prices increasing, there are still many ways in which you can avoid having your finances hit hard. Many solutions involve changing habits and examining what appliances you have, and how and when you use them.