How To Use Marginal Gains Strategy To Reduce Energy Bills

As energy prices continue to soar, using a marginal gains strategy could help drive down your energy bills.

The government’s support package will help lessen the impact of rising costs; however, habitual changes and methods are needed to reduce energy consumption.

What are marginal gains?

This is a theory that suggests if you make small but meaningful improvements in various areas, it will result in achieving the goal you were working towards. It’s also known as the 1% Factor, adopted by the British Cycling team and said to have catapulted them to success.

How do you apply a marginal gains strategy when reducing energy consumption?

Think of all the little electrical devices in your home that require power. How long are they switched on? How often do you use them? Are these devices the most energy-efficient ones you can buy?

Consider replacing your washing machines, refrigerators, or dishwashers with eco-friendly models. And only use dishwashers or washing machines when you have a full load to avoid unnecessarily consuming energy to perform multiple smaller washes.

Sometimes our habits contribute to consuming more energy than necessary. For example, leaving a TV or computer on standby still consumes power. Consider unplugging these devices when not in use.

Heating our homes in winter is unavoidable. However, there are many ways to prevent heat loss that reduce the strain on our central heating system. Improvements include draught-proofing doors, windows, and letterboxes. Installing loft insulation helps stop heat from escaping through the roof. Interior and exterior walls could also benefit from insulation, as can your floor by placing rugs over floorboards.

Additionally, consider turning the thermostat down to a lower level. Some people set it too high when they could still feel warm and comfortable at a lower temperature.

According to the Energy Savings Trust, your lighting system contributes to approximately 11% of your electricity bill. Therefore, replacing older lightbulbs with LEDs can reduce energy bills drastically.

Implementing subtle changes such as these is what it means to apply a marginal gains strategy. However, focussing on changing every little detail contributes to much more significant changes: reduced energy consumption and cheaper gas and electricity bills.