Christmas Energy Saving Tips
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With a cold winter on its way, heating and hot water bills can become expensive, especially over the Christmas period. With everyone home over the festive break, heating the home along with Christmas lights, decorations and hours of cooking can result in a LARGE increase in energy usage and bills come January!
Now is the perfect time to implement these useful energy saving tips in to your home in time for Christmas celebrations…
We all enjoy having a sneaky look at the turkey as its cooking away in the oven, but did you know that by opening the oven door to check on your food can lower the temperate inside the oven by up to 25 degrees? This not only wastes energy and heat, but also slows down cooking time considerably. If possible, try to resist the temptation to open the oven door when cooking and keep an eye on your food through the glass in your oven door.
Heating your home
With the cold December weather, it’s tempting to turn your heating up full blast – but did you know that by simply reducing your room temperature by just one degreeCelsius, you could make a huge saving of up to 10% on your heating bills according to the Energy Saving Trust.
The majority of homes have heating circulator pumps installed, which carries warm water from the boiler, circulating it around the home before returning cold water back to the boiler to be heated. Guidelines were recently introduced to ensure that only the most energy efficient of heating pumps are to be used in the UK, therefore swapping a current inefficient pump, generally a D-Labelled pump, for an energy efficient A-Labelled circulator pump will see you saving up to 80% on your heating system’s energy output.
You can find about more about the wide range of energy saving pumps from leading brands including Grundfos online at www.onlinepumpsupplies.com.
With Christmas tree lights, decorations and outdoor display – electricity bills are sure to spike in December. To keep costs to a minimum, remember to switch electrical appliances off standby when you’ve finished using them, and turn off the lights when you leave a room, especially overnight.
If you repeatedly forget to turn off your Christmas lights, the purchasing a useful timer will be extremely helpful. Simply plug your Christmas lights in to the times and set up a specific timesfor your lights to come on and off throughout the Christmas period – and they’ll turn on and off on their own!
Top tip: If you also plan to decorate your garden with Christmas lights, solar-powered fairy lights area great alternative that won’t add to your electricity bills!
Wasting heat and energy
Avoid wasting energy and heat at home over Christmas by keeping windows and doors closed whenever possible. Cooking in the kitchen generates heat, so keep kitchen windows closed to trap the heat in your home. Also, double check your windows and doors for any cracks and drafts where heat will escape – simple draft stoppers will do the job for doors and windows.