Six bizarre ways you can save money on energy in 2016Save energy and money at home
03 January 2016
Our energy experts have pulled together six weird and wonderful ways you can cut your energy bills in 2016. Read on to find out how you can save money.
Saving energy around the home isn't always about looking at the bigger picture. You can easily save energy by tweaking some of the small stuff, too. And you might be surprised by how much you can save.
Keep reading, as we reveal the six easy ways you can save money on your energy bill.
1. Dust bust your fridge or freezer
Vacuuming the back of your fridge or freezer can save electricity and cut your energy bill. This is because the dust that accumulates on the condenser coils could affect how energy efficient your appliance is.
Given that your fridge and freezer run day and night, any extra energy use really adds up. Also, defrost items in the fridge instead of on your kitchen worktop - frozen food acts like an ice pack to help cool the fridge, reducing the amount of electricity it needs to keep cool.
2. Shower in bubbly water
Adding bubbles to shower water can reduce the hot water you use by 30-40%. This will save you from using all that energy on heating extra water, and cut your water bill if you're on a water meter.
Clever water-saving showerheads use less water by adding bubbles of air. You can pick one up at your local DIY shop, and changing them over yourself is relatively easily. See what happened when our researchers tried out the Ecocamel and Pure Pulse eco shower heads.
3. It’s a piece of cake (and cup of tea)
The moment you lift up the kettle is the moment you could be changing your energy bills forever.
By only filling your kettle with as much water as you need, over a year you'll save extra pounds that you could be spending on cake.
4. Don’t work too hard
Well, don’t let your washing machine work too hard. Turn it into a clean, green machine, by only washing when it's full. The fuller the load, the more energy-efficient the cycle.
Look for and use any eco cycles on your machine and wash lightly-soiled clothes at 30°C - this will also help trim your annual energy bill.
You can use the air in the room to work for you as well, by hanging your clothes on a clothes horse in a well-ventilated room instead of using a dryer.
5. Switch energy supplier
Not that bizarre, this one's more like a very a good idea. You could save hundreds depending on the current tariff you pay.
People using our independent switching service, Which? Switch, are currently saving an average of £297* a year on their gas and electricity bills. This is an average figure, so many people could save a lot more.
Take a look at the cheapest deals available and see how much you could save by switching your supplier through Which? Switch.
6. Light bulb moment
Choosing the right light bulbs will save you electricity. LED light bulbs use 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs, and knowing which ones last the longest will also save you on light bulb replacement costs.
The results of our tough light bulb tests will help - we've got two LED Best Buys that are not only long lasting and give out a nice, warm glow, but they only cost £5. See our LED light bulb results.
*(This figure is the average estimated annual saving for customers who applied to switch suppliers through Which? Switch between 1st May 2015 and 31st August 2015)