The current energy crisis is a challenging time for everybody. There are a number of small changes that you can make around your home to help you cut down on your energy use and potentially save some money. In this article, we highlight some valuable tips that you could consider.
- Do not leave electrical appliances on standby. Most appliances can be turned off at the plug without affecting their programming. Standby mode often means that the appliance is powering a small light. It is estimated that the average household can save £40 per year by ensuring appliances are switched off.
- Think about the appliances in your kitchen. Try and fully load your dishwasher and washing machine to reduce the number of cycles you run per week. It is estimated that one less dishwasher run per week can save up to £14 per year. When filling your kettle, you should only fill it with the amount of water that you need.
- If you have a shower that takes hot water straight from your boiler or hot water tank, fit a water-efficient shower head to reduce your hot water usage. If possible, reducing the time in the shower can save money; limiting showers to four minutes long can save up to £70.
- Draught proof your home when the temperature drops. You will likely lose some heat through draughts around doors and windows, gaps around the floor, or through a chimney. You can use a draught excluder to help keep the heat in your home. If you feel creative, why not try and make your own draught excluder for your doors – www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/create-your-own-cosy-draught-excluder
- Consider installing a room thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves to control the temperatures in your home. This will help you to set your heat to come on when you need it and only heat the areas of your home that need heating.
- Switch to LED lighting instead of standard bulbs. LED lights are bright enough to replace the bulbs that most homes use.
- Turn off your lights when you are not using them. If you switch a light off for a few seconds, you will save more energy than it takes for the light to start up again. Turning off lights in a room where they aren’t being used can save up to £20 per year.
Baywater Healthcare currently reimburse electricity costs for oxygen machine usage on behalf of the NHS in accordance with the latest Government guidelines and tariffs. You can supply your reimbursement details via our web form, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling our Healthcare Helpline on 0800 373580 and requesting a form to be posted.
If you have any questions about electricity reimbursements, we may have answered them in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) article that we previously released.