With energy prices rising this winter, everyone is looking for ways to save money. It’s not just about using less, there are a number of products you can buy for under £100 which means you can also be smarter with how you use it.
Eco-friendly shower heads
Eco-friendly showerheads are designed to use less water and energy, while still giving you a great shower.
They are easy to buy at home stores or online.
“Investing in an eco-friendly showerhead can help you save energy in your home and save money on your water bill,” says Callum Woodstock, energy expert at PropertyRescue.
“You can do your part to help protect the planet’s resources while saving money for as little as £19.95.”
Replacing traditional bulbs with LED bulbs can help you save energy and money.
Although the initial outlay is higher, they last up to 50,000 hours, so you won’t need to replace them for 10 years.
“We recommend replacing all bulbs with low voltage LED bulbs which can be up to 85% more efficient than standard bulbs,” says Tim Hassell, Drake rental.
“Bulbs cost more, but in the long run they’re a small investment for greater energy efficiency.”
There’s a reason air fryers are a student favorite — and it’s not just because they’re still on social media.
They are inexpensive and use less energy than other kitchen gadgets.
“We all know that air fryers are very trendy right now. – but they are much more than just a fashion statement,” explains Woodstock.
“These fryers can be used to cook a wide range of foods and, as they cook much faster, they use much less energy than your traditional stove. Shop around for a bargain but, in most cases, you can pick up an air fryer for around £50.
Motion Sensor Lights
Replace exterior lights with motion sensor options that are motion-only activated. This means that they consume much less energy and therefore less energy.
They also give you an extra level of security outdoors.
“You can buy them for as little as £10 from home and online stores. In most cases you can install them yourself, but if you prefer not to, a reputable electrician can do it for you for around £45,” says Woodstock.
If you haven’t already, get a smart meter.
“The best way to start controlling energy efficiency is to install a smart meter, which will provide up-to-the-minute usage, creating constant awareness of overall consumption and costs,” Hassell says.
You will be able to use them to determine at what times of the day you use the most energy and if there is a way to reduce this.
Smart meters are free to install because the government requires energy providers to provide smart meters to their customers. Simply contact your supplier to arrange an installation date and time.
Trade in your old appliances
Although it may seem pointless to buy a newer device if you already have an older one, it may turn out to be more cost-effective.
“Keep an eye out for older devices,” says Matt Hallissey, COO of invisible houses. “Unlike newer devices, they can consume significant amounts of power while on standby.”
“If you tend to forget to turn off outlets, use timer outlets instead of normal outlets,” says Jack Reid, director, Orlando Reid.
It may only save a small amount of energy per outlet, but if you have more than one it will make a difference.
“Charge your phone and laptop during the day rather than at night,” says Reid. It might sound counter-intuitive, but when you charge devices, they continue to “recharge” each time they drop to 99%, which consumes more power.
Draft proof windows and doors
Curtains and windbreaks keep cold air out and warm air out.
“Good quality curtains are a great way to save energy and keep heat from escaping. Especially in older homes where window noise and drafts are all too common,” says Lucy Breton, interior designer.
“Bespoke curtains are very expensive, as are good quality fabrics, but if you make the effort to measure well and spend a few hours browsing Oxfam online, eBay (EBAY) and Gumtree, you’ll be sure to find something you like.
If you already have curtains, have them lined with a thermal liner for extra protection.
For doors, draft excluders are an inexpensive way to protect against the cold. The most effective barriers are those with a line of brush bristles that can be attached directly to the door.