7 winter energy saving tips

As the holiday season is upon us, energy use is on the rise, which means your bill will be as well. Here are 7 winter energy saving tips from The Energy Saving Trust.

  • LED Christmas lights

LED Christmas lights use 90% less energy than incandescent. If we all swapped a string of lights for LEDs we would save £13 million during the 12 days of Christmas alone. Replacing all standard bulbs and halogen spotlights in your home with energy saving light bulbs could save you £35 a year.

  • Keep the heat in

Draught-proof your windows and doors this Christmas and save between £25 to 35 a year. About one in two households still need to draught-proof their windows and doors, but collectively it could save the UK around £365m a year.

  • Insulate exposed pipes

Beware a sudden cold snap this Christmas. Insulate your exposed pipework and save around £10 a year on heating bills. Water freezing can cause them to burst!

  • New gadgets

Tablets use 70% less power than laptops. The number of devices in people’s homes has grown rapidly and leaving these devices on standby has an impact on your energy bills.

  • Standby power

Turn your TVs, games consoles and computers off standby and save £30 a year. Did you know? More than three quarters (78%) of us admit to regularly leaving at least two devices on standby. An advanced set-top box left on standby for 20 hours a day could cost around £20 a year alone just in standby mode.

  • Wash at 30 degrees

Wash your winter woollens at 30 degrees and your washing machine will use around 40% less energy than washing at higher temperatures.

  • Watching TV

Don’t forget to switch off your TV when you’re not watching it. Earlier this year the Energy Savings Trust found that more than half of people (53%) leave the TV on as background noise when they are in a room, and 43% regularly leave it on when there is no one in the room.

Collectively the UK spends £1 million on Christmas day to watch TV, which is equivalent of what would power 21,000-33,000 televisions for a whole year.

1 9 Christmas energy tips Energy Savings Trust accessed on-line 7 December 2015 http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/blog/2015/12/9-christmas-energy-tips

There's more