2019 is the year of being more efficient for both your wallet and the planet. From flicking the light switch off in unused rooms in your home to reduce your weekly washing temperature to 30ºC, we’ve compiled a list of ways to save you money…and the planet!
CHANGE YOUR BULBS TO LED
Many old school bulbs will use high amounts of energy and radiate heat the temperature of the sun. It is more efficient for your home to swap these bulbs for an LED bulb or the typical Energy-Saving bulbs. They provide just as much light for your rooms but use much less energy. However, you can purchase the wrong LED bulb which can lead to a high wattage, and that doesn’t help anyone. So make sure you buy a low-wattage LED bulb.
CLOSE THAT DOOR!
Rather than turning your central heating on full blast during the upcoming winter nights, close doors throughout the house to stop any hot or cold air from dispersing into other rooms. You can even close your curtains/blinds to help retain the heat in your home, especially if you have single-pane windows.
ADJUSTING YOUR APPLIANCES
Home appliances are forever on standby when you don’t use them on a daily basis. By setting your refrigerator temperature to 4.4ºC can reduce the cost of your electricity bill and it won’t affect your food from spoiling. Even appliances that have lights or clocks on, that you don’t use on a regular basis, can be unplugged because they will still use energy. Despite the saving being a few pounds per month, it can all add up over the year.
GIVE YOUR APPLIANCES AN UPGRADE
If you’ve got an old cooker, washing machine, fridge-freezer or tumble-dryer that looks like it’s on its last legs, why not invest by upgrading them. New appliances are built to be more energy efficient, so you may have an expensive cost to begin with, but it will save you money in the long-run.
COOL CLEAN CLOTHES
We’re sure everyone is aware of the 30ºC wash cycle by now, but just incase, we wanted to reiterate the reduced energy used on this lower temperature. You can reduce your running costs by 46% when you wash your clothes on 30ºC instead of 40ºC. But we know that sometimes you will need to wash your clothes on a higher temperature to get rid of stains and/or dependent on your clothing materials or bed linen. It’s just something to bare in mind for future washes.
SMART METERS FROM JERSEY ELECTRICITY
Jersey Electricity have a new way of monitoring your energy usage by installing one of their Smart Meters into your home. With this meter you can also view your usage online on you Smart Account https://www.smartthinking.je/smart-account/ to see what activity in your home is increasing your bills. The installation is completely free across the island, so it’s best to request yours now to help manage your electricity bill outgoings.