Our household appliances take up a big chunk of our energy bills every year. From the washing machine to the fridge, our everyday appliances eat up a lot of electricity as we use them. We’ve got some tips to help you be more energy efficient and hopefully save some money on your bills:
- Most washes don’t need more than 30°C, and this is the most energy efficient setting on many washing machines. You only need to go hotter if clothes are very dirty.
- Only ever wash a full load. Putting a few things in the wash means you’re using the same amount of energy but getting less done.
- Use a fast spin at the end of a washing machine cycle so your clothes come out as dry as possible. This means you won’t need to run the dryer for as long, or you can air dry things.
- When defrosting your fridge, store your frozen food in the fridge while you do it. This will help cool the fridge and actually reduce the amount of energy it uses briefly.
- Don’t leave the door open for long periods, as this will reduce the temperature and cause the motor to work overtime to bring it back down.
- Freezers work most efficiently when they’re full, so use it as a good excuse to stock up!
- Only boil the amount of water you need rather than filling up the kettle each time.
- Use the kettle to boil water for cooking, as it uses much less energy than heating a pan of water on the hob.
- A full dishwasher on an energy efficient cycle can use less energy than washing up with hot water in the sink.