Energy Saving Tips

There's always a way to reduce your energy usage around the house

Why?

At Snowdrop, we’re always promoting people to be more cautious about the energy their homes use. We’ve gathered together a bunch of tips for you to check out that’ll help you reduce costs each month. Not only that, efficient energy usage is much better for the environment.

What Can You Do?

Turn Off Your Lights...

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...when you leave a room.

Keep your lights off! Households can save up to £90 a year when they're more vigilant about their lights.

Less Baths, Less Shower Time

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Take a short shower instead!

If you cut down your shower time to ten minutes or less instead of soaking in a bath, you could be surprised just how much energy you save.

Careful With Washing Machines

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Check the settings.

Try and do all of your laundry once a week, and make sure you choose 'half load' if you're washing smaller quantities of clothes. Keep the temp low too!

Water Temperature

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Check your boiler.

Turning your water temperature down just a few degrees will make a lot of difference. It doesn't need to be that hot!

Heating

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Turn it down.

Just turning down your heating by a degree will reduce costs by up to £90 a year. We recommend 18-21c.

Radiators

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Turn some off.

Radiators in unused rooms or corridors can be turned off to save energy, make sure you keep your doors shut.

Keep The Heat

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A Little Investment.

Consider investing in draught excluders to keep the heat in your home, while also closing your curtains and closing your doors.

Kettles

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Unplug Them.

Only fill the kettle with as much water as you would need, overboiling a large amount of kettle uses much more energy.

Chargers

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Unplug Them.

Leaving devices on charge, or just simply having them plugged in uses energy. This can be a big drain of energy.

Appliances

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Be energy cautious.

Buy appliances, like dishwashers, with great energy efficienct ratings, and only use them when absolutely necessary. Consider a timer plug!

Smart Meters

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Keep track.

Smart meters are always a great idea, as they help you keep track of the exact spenditure of your usage and make adjustments.

Watts And Nots

Being conscious of your usage is one thing, but knowing your appliances is another. We measure usage through kilowatt hours (kWh) which is when you use 1000 watts in an hour. So, if you used 4.5 kWh, that’s 4500 watts in one hour. To get a feel for usage, you can check how much kWh’s an appliance uses a year on average.

Microwave

56 kWh/Year

Washing Machine

259 kWh/Year

LED TV

159 kWh/Year

Cooker w/ Elec Hob

317 kWh/Year

Hair Dryer

20 kWh/Year

Vacuum

18 kWh/Year

Fridge Freezer

427 kWh/Year (A+)

Iron

31 kWh/Year

Dishwasher

288 kWh/Year

To put this into another perspective, you get around 4 hours of TV watching time to a kWh.

These figures are based off research by the Energy Saving Trust.

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