Category

Energy Saving

Energy Saving, Home and Garden

Why Filling Your Freezer Can Save You Money & Energy

why you should fill your freezer to save energy

It sounds wild, but here’s why filling your freezer can save you both money and energy.

For the last little while, I’ve been sharing easy energy-saving tips that anyone can do, regardless of whether you own your home or not.

Many energy-saving tips focus on the big stuff. Things like insulating your walls, or switching to double or even triple glazing. These are very valid energy-saving tips. However, as someone who rented for many years, I remember the frustration at having ambivalent landlords who didn’t care that my energy bills were sky-high. I also remember the frustration of lacking the autonomy to be able to make these improvements. Hence my focus is on more accessible energy-saving tips.

The other week I spoke about the importance of dusting your fridge to help save energy. So, today, let’s get right back to your fridge freezer with today’s tip.

Why Filling Your Freezer Will Save Energy

why you should fill your freezer to save energy

Is your freezer looking a little bit on the empty side?  Perhaps it’s a few days before you do a food shop and all you’ve got in there is a bag of frozen peas and an unlabelled tub of indiscriminate contents? We’ve all been there.  Or maybe you never really have much food in your freezer, to begin with.  Well, you could be pouring energy down the drain.

You see, freezers work best when they are full.  This is because freezers expend most energy when they have to cool down the warm air that gets in when you open the door to take food out.  A packed to the brim freezer means there is less room for warm air to get in. What’s more, the frozen goods in the freezer cool down any warm air that does make its way in, meaning your freezer doesn’t have to work quite so hard. So go wild and start filling your freezer to the brim!

What If I Can’t Afford to Fill My Freezer?

The good news is you don’t have to spend a fortune on food to fill your freezer. Filling your freezer can mean adding non-food items. Empty plastic bottles filled with water will do the trick, as will freezer bags filled with ice cubes.  Styrofoam packing blocks will also do just the job – and it’s a good way to recycle this otherwise unrecyclable material.

If you are filling your freezer with non-food items, then my top tip is to keep your frozen food near the front of your freezer, so it’s easy to hand. Having to rummage through your freezer, past styrofoam, and water bottles to find your food, will quickly negate any energy-saving benefits. The key to maximum energy efficiency with your freezer is to get in and out as quickly as possible.

A handy bonus is that if your freezer is filled with frozen water bottles, then if you have a power-cut it will take much longer for your food to defrost.

I’d also recommend defrosting your freezer on a regular basis, for maximum efficiency. You might be able to save up to £200 a year!

A Word On Fridges

Fridges are slightly different beasts.  If you pack your fridge too tightly then you’ll over-work your fridge, using much more energy than you need to.  Your food will cool too much, and perhaps even freeze. Trust me, nobody wants frozen lettuce.  Other food might not be cool enough, and nobody wants a tummy bug either.  Especially not frozen lettuce and a tummy bug at the same time!  So make so you don’t overpack your fridge and that air can circulate easily.

You won’t save hundreds of pounds filling your freezer. But if you change your habits and implement little energy-saving steps here and there, like the ones that I’ve mentioned throughout this series (tips that don’t take too much effort), then these savings will soon add up. Things like not charging your smartphone overnight, setting your boiler at the right temperature, and using a lid whilst you are cooking all help. Which is no bad thing in the face of spiralling energy bill increases in 2022.

Energy Saving, Home and Garden

Why Rearranging Your Furniture Can Save You Energy

rearranging furniture save energy

Have you ever considered the impact of where your furniture is placed on the ability to heat your home? It sounds wild, but it’s true – you can rearrange your furniture and save money on your heating bills as well as energy. Let me show you how.

I’ve been on an energy-saving kick lately, and I can’t wait to share with you another easy energy-saving tip.  This one doesn’t have much impact in summer, but come winter you’ll thank me for it.

how to rearrange furniture to increase energy efficiency

Rearrange Your Furniture For Maximum Heat Output

It’s true, the simple act of rearranging furniture can really impact on how energy efficient your home is.

If your sofa or any other bulky item of furniture is in front of your radiator then it will absorb a high percentage of the heat being emitted from your radiator.  This means you’ll have to run your heating for longer for your room to warm up.  

If your sofa is in front of your radiator, moving your sofa away from your radiator will help you see a difference in your energy bills. At least in the months when you’re running your heating anyway.  If your room is quite small and there’s nowhere else for your sofa to go don’t worry. Moving your sofa just a little bit away from the radiator means the heat can circulate a bit more freely. This will definitely help improve your home’s energy efficiency.

This furniture rearranging tip is hardly groundbreaking, I know. However, we’re house hunting at the moment and looking at a lot of homes. I am continuously surprised at the number of homes we’ve looked at online where the sofa is placed in front of the radiator.

Just by moving your furniture a bit, you’ll save money and energy. Your boiler won’t have to work as hard. And you’ll get a nice warm glow (quite literally) from helping the environment. What’s not to love?

Check out my energy archives for more easy energy-saving tips! And, if you have any good ways to save energy that you want to share with Moral Fibres readers then email me them on moralfibres (at) gmail.com and I’ll feature them here!