Summary: A kilowatt (kW) is a universal standard for measuring electricity where one kW is equivalent to 1,000 watts. A kilowatt hour (kWh) measures how much energy you use in your home per hour.
The kWh cost
has extremely risen this year.If you’re worried about this raise, consider these five tips on how to save energy in your home.
1. Buy energy-efficient appliances
When it comes to swapping your appliances, look for ones with high energy-efficiency ratings. These appliances are a worthwhile investment that helps you save money when compared to standard alternatives. Specifically, look for large high energy-efficient appliances – such as washing machines, fridge freezers and dishwashers – that you use daily. Appliances are rated on a scale of A to G, with A representing the most efficient products and G representing the least efficient.
2. Draught proof your property
Draught proofing your home makes you less reliant on heating. Consider purchasing a draught-proofing kit or draught excluder to boost natural insulation in your home. Other ways to draught proof include sealing cracks in skirting boards and floors, blocking an unused chimney, and lining your letterbox. Also, consider installing double-glazed windows as a long-term investment that helps you save on heating bills.
3. Lower your washing machine usage
Using your washing machine more carefully and efficiently can help you drastically save on your energy bills. Aim to reduce your washing machine usage down to one wash per week for a year to accumulate energy savings. You can also put your washing machine on a 30-degree cycle instead of a higher temperature for further savings.
4. Swap the bath for the shower
We all love a good soak in the bath from time to time. However, swapping the bath for the shower can help you reduce your water usage drastically, thereby cutting down on your energy bills. Fit a shower timer in your bathroom and aim for four-minute showers. This is especially useful if you’re a part of a large household.
5. Turn off standby appliances
Most electrical products can be switched off at the plug without upsetting their programming. Consider using plug sockets that you can turn on and off via your mobile phone so that you can double-check all standby appliances are turned off. Alternatively, purchase cheap timer plugs online that schedule turning appliances off.
At-home energy saving is becoming increasingly important given the fact that the energy price cap has risen by 54%. For more information, you can read the full report here