This guide to easy energy-saving tips is paid-for content in association with Worcester Bosch.
And not only does it make good financial sense, but it also makes good environmental sense. This is because on average, electricity and gas use creates about a quarter of all carbon emissions from our homes. Cut our electricity and gas use, and we cut our carbon emissions. Cutting carbon emissions helps to tackle climate change. It’s a win-win all round.
78% of us worry about climate change every day. But, while in reality there are lots of ways we can make a difference, knowing how to do so is often a real difficulty. As such, in association with the UK’s leading boiler manufacturer Worcester Bosch, I am sharing my top energy-saving tips to help both the planet and your wallet.
Easy Energy-Saving Tips To Implement
Think Like A Carbon Hero
One of the best ways to save energy is to think like a carbon hero. Feeling a bit chilly? Rather than upping your thermostat, pop on a jumper first. If you’re still cold after putting on your jumper, then put the thermostat on. Cold feet? Pop on a pair of socks and/or a pair of slippers before putting on the heating. Can you hang your laundry outside to dry rather than using the tumble drier? Simple little lifestyle tweaks like these can make all the difference to your energy usage and your bills.
Check out my tips on how to keep warm when working from home for more tweaks you can make to help save energy.
Upgrade Your Boiler
If your boiler is reaching the end of its life, then upgrading your boiler to a new A-rated condensing boiler with a programmer, room thermostat and thermostatic radiator controls (TRVs) could save you as much £300 per year, based on fuel prices as of June 2021.
We upgraded our 20-year-old boiler to a Worcester Bosch Greenstar A-rated boiler two years ago, and it was one of the best investments we made when renovating our home. Not only does it heat our home much more efficiently and is so much quieter to run, but we know it’s saving us so much energy, and money on our bills compared to our old boiler. With guarantees of up to 12 years on Greenstar Lifestyle boilers (Ts & Cs apply), they also offer great peace of mind.
The other great thing about Worcester Bosch’s new Greenstar boilers is that they are capable of running on a 20% hydrogen blend. This means your boiler will continue to run even when the government begins to increase the amount of ‘green gases’ into the UK gas grid.
This could be a great way to future-proof your investment in your boiler to an extent and could help to save even more carbon. If a move to 100% hydrogen is made, however, you’ll need to switch to a hydrogen boiler to be carbon-free, a technology being developed by Worcester Bosch in trials.
Choose Smart Controls to Save Energy
Even if you aren’t looking to upgrade your boiler, then an easy energy-saving tip is to consider investing in smart heating controls. These clever devices allow you to control your heating remotely using your smartphone. This means you can manage your home temperature wherever and whenever you are, so you’re not using energy where and when it isn’t needed and could save you as much as £75 a year.
You can also even go further, and make your home super smart. Smart TRVs, alongside a smart control, for example, will even monitor each individual room’s temperature for you. This means they will automatically switch your boiler on if it drops below your preferred level, and will switch it off again once the desired temperature is reached. You don’t even have to lift a finger. Even carbon heroes need a rest now and again!
Set Your Thermostat Correctly
Speaking of thermostats, it’s important to set your hot water thermostat correctly. The average boiler hot water thermostat in the UK is set to 65ºC. However, at this temperature, you have to cool the water that you’ve spent money heating to be able to use it. Heat loss from your boiler/hot water cylinder is also increased at this temperature.
You can save around £30 a year simply by turning your boiler temperature down from 65ºC to 60ºC. Don’t get too carried away though. Whatever you do, don’t set your hot water thermostat to be below 60ºC. You need your hot water to be at this heat to kill any nasty bacteria in your water.
Get Energy Saving Smart In The Kitchen
The kitchen is the one room in our house where our energy use is often the highest. Thankfully there are some easy and clever energy-saving tips and techniques that you can implement.
For example, frost buildup in your freezer increases the amount of work your freezer’s motor has to do. If the motor is working harder, then this means it’s using more energy. Keeping it fairly frost-free means savings for the environment and for you. Apparently, you can save £100 to £200 a year just by defrosting your freezer – a figure not to be sneezed at.
If defrosting your freezer sounds like too much work, you can also save energy just by switching off your microwave at the wall when you are not using it. A typical microwave is on for 70 hours a year. Yet a microwave draws power for more than 100 times as long, just to keep the clock and electronic controls powered. That means you are using energy and paying extra on your bills for appliances you are not even using.
And when you’re using your hob, it’s good practice to use a lid on your pans. This is because the lid keeps the heat in the pan, where it’s needed, rather than escaping into the air. Your food will cook faster this way, saving energy on your energy bills.
Looking For More Inspiration?
If you are looking for more easy energy-saving tips and inspiration then do check out Worcester Bosch’s Green Hero page. Here you’ll find advice on the future of heating, as well as carbon-saving top tips to help homeowners along the road to Net Zero 2050.