We’ve almost made it to the end of winter, but we’re all still looking for ways to keep warm. With the UK still in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis, some additional energy-saving tips are always welcome. Thankfully, financial journalist Martin Lewis has shared some of his best tips to cut spending and advice on how to save money but still stay warm on his Money Show Live on ITV. Get your house in shape with Lewis’s energy-efficient checklist before turning on the heating.
7 energy-saving tips to incorporate at home
1. Water Saving Showerheads
We all love a nice, long shower, but we waste litres of water in the process. To reduce consumption and lower your water bill, consider investing in a water-saving shower head. These shower heads mimic the feeling of water by shooting out a combination of air and water, so good you won’t notice the difference. Visit savewatersavemoney to get yours today and start saving.
2. The One Degree Challenge
Try out Martin Lewis’s one-degree challenge. For example, by going from 21 to 20 degrees, you could potentially save 10% on your heating expenses. According to the World Health Organization, a household temperature of 18 degrees is suitable for healthy adults, so make your way there step-by-step.
3. Refrain From Cranking Up The Heat
Let the thermostat do its job. When it gets colder, do you find yourself turning up the heat? Have faith in the thermostat and save money by letting it automatically adjust before manually adjusting the heat – and always remember to switch off radiators in unoccupied rooms.
4. Use Curtains Rigorously
Be tactical when using your curtains. We tend to forget the power of sunshine. During sunny days, open the curtains to utilize natural heat. At night time and on grey London days, keep the curtains closed and consider lining them with fleece to keep the heat inside and act as another layer of insulation.
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5. Put The Television On The Low Energy Setting
The average person watches up to four hours of television a day. Make sure your television is on the low energy setting to minimize energy usage and still kick back and enjoy your favourite shows.
6. Cut Down Usage Of Tumble Dryers
It is no surprise that tumble dryers are the biggest energy users in the house! When using the dryer, minimize the use and maximize the load. Also, don’t underestimate the power of a clothes-drying rack. They are quite inexpensive, will last a lifetime, take up very little space, and use no energy.
7. Oven And Heater Built In One
Love cooking? Enjoy your winter meal while letting the oven cool with the door slightly ajar. Not only will this act as heating for the kitchen, but it will also save energy by not having the cooling fan running for as long.