Jan 22, 2019 - 5min read
Anyone who knows anything about Tonik Energy, knows we are BIG on saving energy. So just imagine how excited we are about the Big Energy Saving Week 2019, brought to you by the great folks over at Citizens Advice.
We love helping our members save energy, not just because it helps save them money, but it’s excellent news for the planet too. Regular readers will have heard us bigging up the solar panels, battery storage and EV charging products that we offer our members - all high-tech game-changers that make a huge difference when it comes to your carbon footprint and your energy bill.
Then there are those lo-fi changes you can make to save energy in your home - we’re talking things like insulating your loft and wall cavities, upgrading your boiler or installing double glazing. Which are all great, but they’re certainly not the easiest or cheapest of changes you can make!
However, there are some very simple things you can do without breaking the bank or undertaking major building work - welcome to Tonik’s Top 10 Quick Energy-Saving Wins!
A matter of degrees
It’s free, it’s simple, and you probably won’t even notice you’ve done it - but it could cut your energy bills by £75 a year! What is it? Just turn your thermostat down by one single degree.
Standby for switch-off!
How many of your appliances do you leave switched on at the plug, humming away in standby mode when you’re not using them? The answer is almost certainly: more than you need to!
Even in standby mode, your appliances are still using a tiny bit of electricity, and it all adds up. Nearly all of your electrical goods can be switched off without disrupting their settings - so for example, you can switch your TV off entirely without losing your channels. Switching as many electrical appliances off at the plug as you can is an easy way to save energy - and up to £30 a year!
Loads of us charge our phones at night - let’s face it, it seems like the most obvious thing to do. The problem is that after your phone finishes charging, it carries on using electricity that it doesn’t really need - so that’s around 6 or 7 hours that your phone is wasting energy after it’s already finished charging!
A better solution is to charge your phone just before you go to sleep, then unplug the charger from the wall. You’ll be surprised how much battery you have left in the morning - especially if you put it on airplane mode while you sleep. Another alternative is to charge your phone before you leave the house in the morning.
Bleed your radiators
It sounds disgusting, but it really isn’t. All you need is a handy radiator key and a bit of tissue paper - before long you’ll have a much more energy-efficient heating system! Here’s how.
N.B. no radiators were harmed in the making of this energy saving tip.
Care for your kettle
We all love a cuppa, and there are a couple of things you can do to ensure your trusty kettle is making a 100% guilt-free cup of tea. First off, make sure you’re only boiling as much water as you need - the more water you put in, the more energy it takes to boil.
Secondly, your kettle works less efficiently when it’s full of horrible shards of limescale. Filling your kettle with equal parts vinegar and water and letting it stand for an hour will restore your kettle to a shiny beacon of boiling brilliance.
Pro-tip: if you don’t want to waste your delicious vinegar, you can use a tablespoon or two of citric acid powder in water to obliterate the limescale in just 20 minutes.
It’ll all come out in the wash
How hot do you really need your clothes to be while they’re tumbling around in your washing machine? For your daily, non-nightmare stain wash, a temperature of 30 degrees instead of 40 will normally be sufficient, and will save you a fair chunk of energy through not having to heat the water so much.
Your parents were right - turn off those lights when you leave the room! Do you think they’re made of money?! Honestly!
Q: How many eco-friendly homeowners does it take to change a light bulb?
Replacing your old-fashioned, energy-hungry filament or halogen light bulbs with LEDs could save the average household around £35 a year in reduced energy consumption. Now take into account that those LEDs last much longer than traditional light bulbs - up to 11 years, when used for 12 hours a day - and it’s an even sweeter deal!
Stop passing wind
There’s nothing worse when you’re trying to have a nice cosy evening than a chilly draught blowing across the back of your neck. Actually, there is something worse - the amount of energy wasted by heating a draughty home.
Don’t worry, you can fix this relatively cheaply. A draught excluder for your front door - and some draft excluding tape to go around your window frames, if necessary - could save you around £20 a year. If you have chimneys, installing a draught excluder in those could save a further £15 a year.
Get your hot water tank a new outfit
Is your hot water tank insulated? If not, there is a lot of energy being wasted just keeping your water hot. Buying a lagging jacket for your tank will only set you back around £15, but could save you up to £45 a year on your energy bills. Not only that, but you’ll have the most stylish water tank around!