Ways to reduce your energy bill
- Use energy efficient light bulbs (CFLs)– Not only do they last up to 15 times longer than ordinary bulbs , CFLs use 80% less electricity.
- Replace standard 50W halogen 12V downlighters with 35W energy saving IRC Dichroic Lamps. They use 30% less energy, give more light, and last twice as long.
- Buy ‘A’ Energy Rated kitchen appliances – they cost less to run and over time will give you considerable savings on your electricity bill.
- Don’t overfill your kettle – Only boil the amount of water you need but make sure to cover the element.
Reducing the surplus water boiled by just four cups a day can save up to 29.0 kWh per year = €5.25 = 15.92 kgs CO2. This is about the same CO2 saved if you reduced your car usage by 100 km in a small family car.
- Save on hot water – use ‘economy’ programmes on your washing machine.
- Turn your TV off rather than leave it on stand-by – A TV left on standby can increase your energy use by up to 10% in a year.
- Fit thermostatic radiator valves (TRV’s) to your radiators – these allow you to reduce the temperature of your rooms accordingly.
- Turn your heating down – reducing your thermostat by 1