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Energy saving tips

We all like the idea of saving money, especially after an expensive Christmas, so the domestic cleaning experts at MOLLY MAID suggest that you challenge yourself to make some savings when it comes to energy usage in your home. If you have children, it is also an excellent way to demonstrate to them how vital it is to be more energy efficient and to care about the environment in which they are living. You will be surprised how small changes can potentially bring big savings!

Heating Thermostats: If you don’t have a thermostat or thermostatic valves fitted to your radiators, it would be a good idea to investigate. If you do have one, lower your thermostat by simply 1 degree and according to The Energy Saving Trust, you can save between £80 and £85 potentially.

Dishwashers: It is a misnomer that washing up by hand not only saves on energy, but also on water usage. These days, dishwashers all have an eco cycles and if filled (not half loaded) and filters changed regularly, they can be more energy efficient than doing it the old-fashioned way.

Washing Machines: We know that washing clothes at 30 degrees saves energy without compromising on the quality of the wash, but remember to load it with a full-load. Cleaning filters regularly keeps washing machines running more efficiently.

Draught proofing: This is probably the easiest way to save on energy usage in the home! Ensure that doors, windows, loft hatches and even letter-boxes are sealed to keep the warm in and keep the cold out!

Cooking: Remember to think of the energy you could save when cooking. From simple changes such as only filling the kettle with as much water as you need to putting lids on pans when cooking will have an impact. Microwaves are an efficient way of cooking as they tend to cut down on cooking times.

Water efficient showerheads: Whilst we all enjoy the benefits of a power shower, there are some showerheads that can deliver as much water in five minutes as it takes to fill a bath thereby increasing water bills significantly. When replacing your next shower head, ensure that you choose a water saving shower head.

Unused Chimneys: Consider blocking your chimney if you do not use it regularly. Did you know that you can block the draught from your chimney with a chimney balloon or indeed by just capping it? This could save you hundreds of pounds a year in heating bills.

Remember to consider future generations whilst conserving energy whilst also benefitting from the savings.