Energy saving tips for down-sizing budgets

There are lots of ways to save energy even if you have a very low budget. Some people think they have to go all out and change the loft, insulate the walls and generally make the home more modern in order to save money on energy bills. This is not the case though as there are so many ways you can save moneyon energy without having to spend any cash upfront. Read on for a handy guide on how to save energy when you have a very low budget.

Reduce temperatures
If you set your washing machine to wash clothes at 30 degrees as opposed to 40 you will save lots of energy over the course of a year. Washing at a lower temperature takes less energy, and your clothes will still get washed so you probably won’t even notice the difference. If your clothes are heavily soiled, why not try soaking them overnight in cold water and then washing them at 30 degrees as opposed to 40 as you may find that this does just as good a job! So, with a little extra effort and some more careful planning, you can really cut down on those energy bills just by switching from 40 to 30 degree washes.

Be careful
Saving energy has a lot to do with just taking care regarding energy consumption as it does about investing in hi-tech gadgets. If you switch off your internet router, TV and appliances that have a ‘standby’ mode you can save lots of energy over the course of a year. Using a high speed internet connection from a provider like Mobi-data.co.uk means you will save energy as a result of not having things like laptops on for any more time than they need to be on for!

Be a thrifty dish washer
If you wash dishes by hand make sure you wash the dishes in a bowl or in the sink using a plug to stop the water as opposed to using a running tap. This will save lots of energy and there is no downside as your dishes are just as sparkly as they are washed in running water.

Watch chargers
Leaving chargers on when they don’t need to be on is a surefire way to waste energy so be careful to switch chargers offwhen they are not in use. Leaving chargers in the socket, switched on can become a habit for some people who think this does not really make a difference. Actually when chargers are on they use energy even if there is nothing to charge! Many do not have an automatic switch – off mode, so changing your attitude to chargers can really add up to huge savings in the long run.

Are you really cold?

Asking yourself if you are really cold before you switch on the heat can be a very smart way to save energy as some people just get into the routine of switching on the heat every evening or leaving the heat to come on automatically. If you ask yourself if you really need to heat you will be able to switch it off when you don’t really need it. 

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