Deciding to reduce your energy consumption seems like an obvious thing to do for the climate crisis. Not only will it reduce the percentage of greenhouse gases being emitted to the atmosphere, but will also save you money. Fossil fuels account for over 75% of greenhouse gas emissions. Installing a smart meter is definitely something to consider as you can track the gas and electric usage in energy or monetary units (£). It also means that you do not need to supply a meter reading because the figure is connected to your energy supplier.
There are so many different places in your house that you can reduce your energy consumption.
General ways to reduce your energy consumption
- Switch to LED bulbs
- Air dry your clothes – hang outside in a sunny day or put on a clothes horse inside.
- Wash your clothes at a lower temperature
- Start using appliances in off-peak time periods – this will save you money because the national grid is under a lot of pressure during peak times and charges more
- Turn the heating down – wear more clothes if you’re cold
- Don’t leave anything on standby
- Turn off the lights when you leave the room
In the kitchen
- Turn off switches on the wall and unplug appliances
- Only boil the amount of water that you need
- If you need to use the oven more than once, try to cook things at the same time. E.g. bake a cake at the same time as dinner.
- Try not to keep opening the oven door because it lets the hot air out
- Allow food to cool before putting it in the freezer as it will require more energy to make it cool down
- If you need to defrost something, put it in the fridge the night before or morning of use. This eliminates the use of the microwave, and the fridge uses less energy from the coldness of the frozen food.
- Cover pots and pans with lids while cooking to keep the heat in
- Fully load the dishwasher/washing machine before washing
- Batch cook
- Use the correct-sized pan for the hob
- Wash up in a bowl instead of running water
In the bathroom
- Switch baths for showers
- Install a water-saving showerhead
- Install a dual-flush toilet
- Air-dry your hair
- Limit your shower length – I measure how long I shower based on how many songs my playlist gets through!
- Fix any drips
- Use cold water where possible
- Check your tyre pressure regularly – flat tires require more fuel
- If you aren’t using your car roof rack, take it off – requires more fuel
- Try and drive at the right gear for the speed you are driving
- Print as little as possible – when booking tickets, get the e-ticket version
- Print double-sided
- Use public transport, walk or cycle. If you have to drive, try and carpool.
Do you have any other ideas on how to reduce your energy consumption?