Five Simple Ways to Save Energy

Monday, January 18, 2021

To celebrate Energy Saving Week 2021, we have created a list of five simple ways you can save energy at home.

During the lockdown many of us will of course be at home working or looking after young children. However, following the lockdowns of 2020, you may have noticed your energy bills rising.

So we have come up with five simple ways you can begin to save energy to help you reduce your bills.

#1 Change your normal routine

If you’re looking for some quick fixes it can be as easy as turning off lights in rooms, washing the dishes yourself, turning down the heat on your thermostat. You may also want to have a smart meter fitted (if you haven’t already) to see how much energy you are consuming and where you can save. Furthermore, you might be paying over the odds on your energy bills, so you should look to switch to a cheaper supplier by using comparison tools from sites such as CompareTheMarket.

#2 Replace light bulbs

Replacing your light bulbs is an easy and effective way to lower your electricity bill and carbon footprint. You can save money by changing your incandescent light bulbs to LED ones. Despite being more expensive, they can save you a lot of money in the long term. This article from Simply LED details how much you can save!

#3 Use a power strip

A smart power strip will monitor and control power to each electrical outlet in your house to improve energy efficiency and prevent household electronics from wasting your electricity. The power strip lets you choose what you want to keep on or turn off at any given time - that means you can easily prioritise what you do and don’t want to keep running throughout the day. You can find a power strip here .

#4 Be smart with your heating

Although it's cold, turning down your thermostat will save you money in the long run. Try to keep heating to a minimum during work hours and set your thermostat to the lowest comfortable temperature you can manage.

Wearing warmer and comfy clothes instead of turning up the heat is another easy and effective way of saving energy and money. This article from confused.com that lists out all the ways you can save on heating this winter.

#5 Use strategic lighting

You can also save on your lighting expenses by doing the following:

  • Use side lamps; they use less power and can enhance the room you're in as well.
  • Install dimmer switches; this way you’ll be able to light a room as much as you need, which means you can tailor the amount of electricity you’ll be using.
  • Motion detectors; if you are considering installing a security light make sure that you have built in motion detector - so it is only used when it needs to be.

You can find a full list of how to make changes to the way you use your lights here .

Save with Leeds Credit Union

With the above you should hopefully start to see a reduction in your utility bills. When you do, it could be a good idea to put this money to one side and improve the state of your savings.

There are multiple ways you can save with Leeds Credit Union - from our Membership Account, Christmas Club and Regular Saver. Take a look at all of our money saving options and loans here.