6 energy saving tips for the summer months

by Tim Deakin Domestic Energy News

6 energy saving tips for the summer months

Here’s how you can make the most of the warmer weather (when it finally arrives) and save dramatically on your energy costs

It may not feel like it currently, but we’re now entering the warmer months of the year. And although the heat wave in April probably seems like a distant memory, you should already be thinking about lowering your energy usage.

When it comes to our energy bills, late spring and the summer months are when we should all look to be reducing our dependence on electricity and gas. The days are longer and warmer, meaning less lighting and heating to pay for, and we tend to spend more time outdoors where we aren’t paying to use appliances.

However, there are still costs that come with this time of year. From air conditioning systems and electric fans to lawn mowers and mini fridges, the arrival of spring and summer has its own set of energy-related considerations.

So, to make sure you’re not paying more than you need to for your bills, we’ve put together this handy guide of 7 energy saving tips that should stand you in good stead and keep that meter from working overtime.

Stop handwashing your dishes

It’s a common misconception that washing dishes by hand is more energy efficient. In fact, handwashing uses around 5,000 more gallons of water every year than using a high-quality dishwasher. Of course, not all dishwashers perform equally but it is worth checking the manual and gaining a better understanding of what your dishwasher consumes each cycle in terms of electricity and hot water.

Show your microwave some love

Microwaves use roughly a third less energy than a hob, so don’t be ashamed to cook your frozen peas in there. These days, microwaves can be used for much more than ready meals, so you can still create complex, healthy meals using this smart little kitchen box.

Or cook outdoors

You can also make use of the warmer weather by cooking outdoors. There’s nothing better than a summer barbeque. Not only is it a chance to enjoy some fresh air and good company, it can also help you save money on your electricity bill. Just don’t go crazy by lumping on a week’s supply of charcoal!

Weatherproof your home

Let’s be realistic here for a minute – British summers aren’t always hot and sunny. Weatherproofing should still be a concern even in the height of summer, and now is the time to get it done. Weather-stripping, sealing and caulking leaky doors and windows can retain up to 20% of the heat in your home.

Make time for a spring clean

A spring clean isn’t just a way of keeping things tidy. It can also help ensure your appliances are all in good working order. Dust and grime can clog your electrical goods and stop them performing at their very best, so give your radiators, filters, fridge and cooker a thorough scrubbing. Dusting your lightbulbs can also help them shine brighter.

Use your dryer sparingly

Make use of sunny afternoons and spring breezes by hanging your clothes out to dry naturally. When you do need to use the dryer, try to do so in full loads. That way, you aren’t using energy needlessly.

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