It’s big energy saving week! At Good Energy we love giving our customers plenty of handy tips and tricks to cut down on energy waste (and helping you save a few pennies at the same time!)
#1 Stand by is your worst enemy
Did you know that 8% of the total electricity used in our homes comes from appliances left on standby?
According to the Energy Saving Trust, that’s the equivalent of wasting two power stations worth of electricity every year, costing almost £740 million – a staggering amount! Some appliances even use around 90% of their normal power whilst on standby.
So do yourself a big energy saving favour and remember to switch it off – you’ll not only be saving money but also doing your part to save the planet from 4m tonnes of unnecessary CO2 pollution.
#2 Switch-it in the kitchen
Your kitchen is full of energy guzzling appliances - a few small, simple changes can easily help reduce your energy consumption by a considerable amount.
- Don’t fill your kettle to the top - £68 million worth of energy a year is wasted on overfilling kettles in the UK!
- Dry your washing the natural way – try to avoid using the energy hungry tumble dryer.
- Use your microwave - it uses 10 % less energy than your oven.
- Turn your washing machine down to 30 degrees - a small decrease of 10 degrees will save you 1/3rd of the cost.
- Give your fridge some love - clean away the dust behind the back of your fridge, don’t put hot food in it and keep it full. By doing all of these things your fridge will be happier and use less energy.
#3 Draught proof your home
Draught proofing your windows and doors can cut your energy bill by up to £50 a year. Aside from this, draught-free homes are just as warm at lower temperatures, meaning you lower your carbon footprint AND cut an extra 10% off of your heating bill.
Another great idea is to invest in thermal curtains. This may not be as difficult as you think, just take a look at this simple step-by-step guide by our friends at the National Trust to making your very own.
#4 Turn off your lights
It might seem simple enough but leaving a light on can have a big impact. According to Cambridge University, leaving one conventional light bulb on overnight over the course of a year can release as much greenhouse gas as a car driving from Cambridge to Paris! So don’t forget to switch it off!
#5 Change your energy provider
Switching to Good Energy and our 100% renewable electricity and green gas, could cut your carbon footprint instantly by up to 50% – and it’s cheaper than you might think! We’re the first energy company to freeze our prices this winter, plus we have award winning customer service - what’s not to like?