5 tips for keeping winter energy costs down
Is your winter power bill coming in a little high? Here’s 5 quick tips to help keep winter energy costs down.
1. AVOID PEAK ELECTRICITY TIMES
. Limit your household chores during ‘peak’ electricity times – generally between 6 – 10 am and 3 – 9 pm. Energy costs are more expensive during peak times; if you can hold off using your dishwasher or washing machine during these times, you’ll notice the difference in your power bill. Energy peak times do vary, so check with your energy provider for exact details.
2. TIME YOUR USAGE
A programmable timer is a relatively cheap investment that helps keep losses to a minimum. Use the timer to turn heating off during the day when the house is empty; programme it to turn on shortly before you are due home. You can do the same with your heated towel rail.
3. MAKE THE SWITCH TO LED
These shorter winter days mean we’re switching our lights on earlier and keeping them on longer, equating to higher energy costs. If you’ve not already made the switch, consider LED lighting. LED lighting uses 80% less energy and lasts 25 times longer than traditional incandescent lighting.
4. KEEP YOUR APPLIANCES IN CHECK
Create a good habit of regularly checking your appliances to ensure they’re running at optimum. Things like fridge, freezer and oven seals can cause energy leaks when failing while regularly cleaning filters on heating appliances ensure they’re not building up dust, which impairs their efficiency.
5. NOT USING AN APPLICANCE? SWITCH IT OFF
Switch appliances off at the wall when you’re not using them. TVs, laptops, PlayStation... All guilty of using unnecessary energy when they’re not in use.