Now is the right time to change our energy habits and save energy
1 June 2020
Next to transport, homes are the largest energy-consuming sector, households account for around 27% of the total energy consumption in the UK. With us all being at home more in recent months, it is important for us to lower the energy consumption of our homes as much as possible to avoid a huge increase in energy bills. In general we all need to change our energy behaviour to lower our household energy consumption to try and maintain the climate improvements we have seen over the past few months. But how do you change your energy habits? It’s challenging but our 4 easy steps will already take you a long way.
Step 1. Understand your energy usage
Don’t rush into trying to save energy. First, get the facts straight and understand your current ‘energy situation’. Know how much energy you’re consuming and producing and how much it’s costing you. Be aware of what’s happening in your home. Do you have appliances guzzling energy? How many times are you using your tumble dryer, oven, coffee machine, dishwasher etc.? Are you leaving appliances on when you’re not using them?
A Smappee energy monitor gives you these insights at a glance. Just open the Smappee App or Dashboard on your smartphone, tablet or computer and immediately know how much energy you’re consuming and producing in real-time and per hour, day, month and year for electricity and solar. See your always on usage and what appliances are real energy guzzlers. Learn how much your energy is costing you and how you’re doing compared to others.
Step 2. Change your energy behaviour
When you’re aware of how you use energy, you will automatically eliminate energy waste. You can be energy-smart in different ways. Turn off the lights when you’re not in the room or dim the lights when you’re watching TV. This also applies to other devices in your home. Unplug your phone and tablet chargers while you're not using them. Connect your TV, home cinema, game consoles, etc. to a power strip and turn them off all at once when you’re not using them. In the Smappee App and Dashboard you immediately know how much you’re consuming in always on mode. It’s a great trigger to remember to turn off appliances completely when you’re not using them.
Keep up an energy efficient household. Make sure your dishwasher or washing machine is full before turning them on. Never wash at a higher temperature than necessary, 10 °C more or less will not make the difference with a good washing product, but it will save on your energy bill. Keep your refrigerator as full as possible (using glass water bottles if nothing else). Defrost your freezer on a regular basis. You can even cook energy efficiently. Always put on the lid when you’re cooking and cook in batches. It just takes a few small changes to make a big cost difference.
Step 3. Make your home more energy efficient
You’ve changed your energy behaviour, but are you sure your appliances aren’t sabotaging your efforts? Have you considered replacing your old light bulbs with modern and more energy-friendly alternatives? Still using that old freezer to store excess food? You might want to check that it’s not costing you more than going out to eat?
Your appliances can’t keep secrets with Smappee in your home. You can find out when and how much certain appliances are consuming. You will immediately detect the energy guzzlers in your home. Simply replace them with more energy efficient alternatives. Or control and program how your appliances should behave with Smappee management controls and automation options. Make sure your appliances are using energy when it’s costing you as little as possible e.g. during night time tariff or when you have excess solar energy. This way you can maximise the use of your solar energy and optimise your self-consumption.
Step 4. Validate your energy saving measures
Last but not least. After changing how you use energy at home, it’s important to understand the results to keep you motivated so you know what’s going on. Is your electricity bill going down? Could you save even more energy? Could you use your solar energy even more efficiently? How are you doing compared to similar households? During what months are you consuming more? Smappee Infinity gives you all the answers with its elaborate energy data visualisation in the user-friendly Smappee App and detailed Dashboard. Check it out!
Now, let’s sum up our top 10 easy energy saving tips:
Replace your most consuming appliances with energy-efficient alternatives. E.g. replace your lights with LED lights.
Connect your TV, home cinema, game consoles, etc. to a power strip and turn them off all at once when you’re not using them.
Turn off the light when you’re not in the room or dim the lights when you’re watching TV.
Make sure your dishwasher and washing machine is full before turning it on. Never wash at a higher temperature than necessary.
Keep your refrigerator and freezer as full as possible (using glass water bottles in the fridge if nothing else).
Always put on the lid when you’re cooking.
Cook in batches to save energy whilst cooking and fill your freezer with home cooked "ready meals", so it works more efficiently.
Defrost your freezer on a regular basis.
Consider replacing old fridges and freezers this could payback quickly in energy saving alone
Save on water usage as well! Take a shower instead of drawing a bath and don’t leave the tap running.