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Top energy tips to save money

Top energy tips to save money

Reducing your utilization is one of the best methods to lower your energy costs. Here is all you should know about energy efficiency, along with money-saving advice for lowering your rates.

Why save energy?

The main benefit of reducing how much energy you use at home is you’ll save money on your gas and electricity bills, but making your home more energy efficient can also have huge environmental benefits.

Here are seven simple ways to reduce your use and improve your home’s energy efficiency.

1. Pull the plug

Even when not in use, home appliances kept on standby use electricity. When you’re not using an appliance, turn it off at the wall to save money on electricity, especially if you have a busy household.

Instead of leaving these appliances on standby, think about unplugging them:

  • TVs
  • Laptops and desktop PCs
  • Games consoles
  • HiFi systems
  • Set-top boxes
  • HDR recorders
  • Digital radios
  • Mobile chargers

2. Turn it down

Heating and hot water use up a significant percentage of our energy costs, so adjusting the thermostat and minimizing heat use are simple ways to save money.

Here are some easy actions you can take:

  • Turn your heating down by one degree and knock 10% off your bills
  • Set your water heating to 65 degrees celsius on your immersion heating
  • Seal your windows and doors and close your curtains at night to retain heat
  • Keep curtains and blinds away from radiators to help heat circulate

3. Take control

Avoid wasting energy by heating your house while you’re away or sleeping. To accommodate your everyday schedule, schedule your heating and hot water.

  • Use a heating timer- radiators heat your home for some time after the heating is turned off so turn on your heating 30 minutes before you need it and off 30 minutes before you go out
  • Consider a ‘smart heating system’ – they control time and temperature, and you can set them to your regular routines from your smartphone
  • Consider an electricity monitor to see what energy you’re using in real time. It could help you make changes and take control of your consumption

4. Cook with care

The kitchen consumes a significant amount of household energy, but there are simple improvements you can do to save energy.

  • Only heat the water you need for cooking or making hot drinks
  • Use a microwave, air fryer or slow cooker instead of your oven when possible
  • Match your pan size to your burner on the hob and cover your food when it’s cooking
  • Steam your vegetables or use less water for boiling
  • Only pre-heat your oven when required and defrost food before cooking
  • Only use your dishwasher when it’s full

5. Take a shower

Use more energy to heat the water if you enjoy taking long, deep baths or power showers.

Consider taking a standard shower instead of a full bath since it utilizes only 20% of the energy. If you have a power shower, turn the pressure down and take shorter showers.

Keep baths brief and shallow if you don’t have a shower.

6. Keep it cool

When it comes to energy conservation, making sure your fridge and freezer work effectively can be very beneficial.

  • Set your fridge temperature between 3 and 5°C and your freezer at -18 °C
  • Place the fridge-freezer out of direct sunlight or appliances that generate heat
  • Keep the coils free from dust and 10cm away from the wall
  • Defrost your freezer regularly so there is no ice build-up
  • Make sure food is cool before putting it in the fridge

7. Hang it out

Use caution when using the tumble dryer because it is one of our homes’ priciest appliances and uses about 2.5 kilowatt hours (kWh) each hour. Dry your clothing outside in good weather or on a clothes horse in a warm room on rainy days.

By washing your clothes effectively, you can also save money. When feasible, wash your items at 30 degrees with liquid detergent instead of prewashing.

Use the environment setting on your washing machine to save 30% on energy costs and completely load the drum to reduce the number of washes.

Insulate your home

Poorly insulated walls and attics can cause your home to lose up to 30% of its heat, but well-insulated homes will keep heat inside and use less energy.

Effective insulation is a significant factor in preventing heat loss and assisting you in lowering your energy costs.

Here are some of the different types:

  • Attic insulation keeps heat from escaping through the roof. This is the most cost-effective way to insulate and should cause minimal disruption.
  • Cavity wall insulation is suitable when your walls consist of two rows of bricks or concrete blocks with a cavity or space between them. The insulation is injected into the wall from the outside.
  • Internal wall insulation is also known as dry lining and is suitable if you have solid walls or other walls that aren’t suitable for cavity insulation. Insulation boards are applied to the inside of any external walls.

Inspect your windows for damage

Due to minor damage, aging sealant, weather stripping, or windows that don’t close properly, drafty windows can result in significant heat loss.

Cracked seals, moisture or mold between the window frame and the wall, and cold rooms are indications of heat loss. By lighting a match and holding it next to the frame, you may check for draughts.

If you do discover a problem with your window sealant, fixes are not too expensive and will aid in keeping your home warm.

Upgrade your old appliances

On the label of every appliance sold in the EU is an energy rating that ranges from A+++ to G.

The cost of operating low-rated appliances is significantly higher than that of high-rated appliances. The most energy-efficient rating is A+++, while the least efficient is G.

Therefore, if you have a lot of white goods with poor ratings, such as a washing machine, refrigerator/freezer, or oven, think about replacing them with more effective ones.

Install solar panels

PV modules for solar energy are solar cells that produce electricity when exposed to light. Installing these on your home’s roof will let you to use the energy they produce to power your home.

Solar thermal panels, also referred to as solar hot water collectors, are solar panels that can create hot water at a lower cost.

Solar panel installation may provide green, renewable energy from daylight, and any extra can be utilized to automatically heat your water. As a result, you’ll not only reduce your energy costs but also contribute to the environment.

Consider a heat pump

In order to heat a house, electrical heat pumps use a compressor to extract heat from the earth or outside air. For every unit of electricity used, a heat pump generates three to four units of heat.

The majority of heat pump systems have built-in heating controls that you can adjust to fit your routine and way of life. With a heat pump system, using heating controls can often save your energy use by up to 20%.

Anyone who installs a heat pump in a house built before 2011 may be eligible for grants of up to €3,500. The SEAI website has additional information available.

Switch your gas and electricity supplier

Use our free gas and electricity comparison service to switch to a more affordable plan for the best possible energy bill savings. Compare electricity providers and switch to a less expensive energy plan if it has been more than a year since you last changed your supplier.

Visit What Help Can You Get Paying Your Energy Bills if you’re having trouble making ends meet. and see whether you are eligible for assistance.

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