Energy is expensive, so the more we can do to reduce our day-to-day consumption the better. With many people not understanding how they’re using energy in excess, the team at Anchor Pumps take a look at some of the most common myths that could be costing you money.
1. Electric Heating
Heating your home with electricity is expensive. The cheapest method is generally with a gas boiler with properly working controls such as a timer and thermostat. If you do have electric storage heaters, make sure you use them correctly and take advantage of cheaper night-time electricity.
2. Turning Up the Thermostat
Lots of people reach for the thermostat when it turns colder outside, but this will cost you money. If you have your house set to a reasonable temperature, you should be able to leave the thermostat at that level. Turning it up won’t make your home heat up any quicker.
3. Radiator Tweaks
Some believe that painting your radiators a dark colour makes them more efficient, but it doesn’t. Putting reflective foil or panels behind radiators can save you a little energy, but insulating your walls to stop heat escaping is more effective.
4. Holiday Errors
Should you turn the heating off if you’re going away? Certainly not if it’s winter time; you can turn down the thermostat to a lower level than you’d use if you were at home, but leave some heat on to guard against frozen pipes. You’ll use some energy, but with efficient pumps from Anchor Pumps and properly set controls it’ll be less than the cost of fixing a burst pipe.
5. Drying Clothes
It’s always difficult to dry clothes in the winter. Using a tumble dryer may seem attractive, but it will cost more than using an airer in front of a radiator. Just make sure you have some ventilation to prevent condensation and mould.
6. Shut That Door!
Of course you should keep your external doors and widows closed in winter, but it’s also a good idea to close internal doors to keep the heat in rooms too.
7. Let the Sunshine In
You might think that keeping your curtains or blinds drawn would save heat, but opening them lets you benefit from free heat from the sun. Close them once it starts to get dark, though, to stop heat escaping.
8. Stop Draughts
Although ventilation is important, draughts can make your house feel cold. Make sure your windows and doors are properly draught-proofed, and close any trickle vents when you don’t need them.
9. Feed the Fridge
Keeping your fridge and freezer full helps them to work more efficiently, so they’ll use less energy. You can also save fuel when cooking by putting several things in the oven together.
10. Pull the Plug
Switch off devices such as TVs and game consoles when they’re not in use rather than leaving them on standby. You should also unplug chargers for things like phones and laptops when they’re not being used.