5 Common Energy Mistakes Households Make

Energy prices continue to rise. And households continue to pay more than they should in energy bills. Unfortunately, it only takes a moment to waste energy and send your money down the drain. But with a little thought and some planning, you can make a big difference to how much you spend, and how much energy you use. If you’re looking to save money, don’t make these energy mistakes.

1. Use Regular Light Bulbs

Energy saving light bulbs are good for the environment, and good for your pocket. Regular light bulbs are good for nothing. Energy saving blubs last up to 10 times longer than the regular bulb, and they use up to 80 percent of the energy of traditional bulbs. Over the lifetime of one bulb you save around £60. If you are looking to save money by installing energy efficient bulbs then Electrical Wholesalers have a lot on offer – check out different styles and types before making your decision.


2. Keep Appliances on Standby

It may be easier just to reach for the control and switch off the TV but it is a mistake to leave electrical gadgets on standby – a mistake for the environment and for your energy bills. Switch appliances off completely, and unplug them. Not only is this safer, you save money. If you are looking for energy monitors to see how much energy you are wasting while appliances are on standby, www.reconelectrical.co.uk has a good selection.

3. Run Washing Machines Half Full on Hot

You are wasting a lot of money on energy when you have your washing machine heat your water for the wash. Even if you only heat to 30°C you still get the clothes clean and you save up to a third of the energy. Make sure the washing machine has a full load, or you use a cycle specifically for small loads. And don’t run the tumble dryer on empty, either. Don’t overload it but make sure it is full. You’ll get a cheaper run. If you can, let clothes dry naturally to save money on electricity. The same goes for the dishwasher – you can stop the cycle once the washing and rinsing is over and skip the drying stage by opening the door to let the dishes dry naturally.

4. Fill the Kettle Up Each Time

On the other hand, it is better only to heat the water you need in the kettle, so this is the time when full is not a good thing.

5. Cook Inefficiently

Many people decide to boil water for cooking vegetables, rice, etc. in the kettle first. This is a big waste of energy – better to boil the water on the hob as it is more efficient. Use the right size of pan for your needs and cook using a lid to keep heat in and the cooking time shorter. Using a microwave from time to time in order to cook makes it quicker and the process uses less energy. You can also switch off the oven before the allotted cooking time in some cases, as the food will continue to cook as the oven cools.

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