Summer is the perfect time to start thinking about saving energy. With more time spent outside and the heating on off for a few months, it’s easy to make small changes that will have a big impact on your energy usage, without having to reach for a sweater. And because you’re using less energy in the warmer months, you’ll be well prepared for when you need to turn the radiators back on when the temperature starts to drop again.
So, to get your summer off to an energy-efficient start, here are seven changes you can make today:
1. Keep those curtains open
In winter, closing your curtains is a great way to stop heat escaping. In summer, the opposite is true. Leave your curtains open all day to let the sun in. It will heat up your home, so you don’t have to use the heating if the temperature does drop at night.
2. Check your boiler
Replacing an inefficient old boiler can save you hundreds of pounds per year. Summer is the perfect time to have it serviced or replaced entirely. If it breaks in winter, you can be left with a large bill for maintenance callouts and no hot water. If yours needs replacing, there are plenty of providers who offer affordable payment solutions, so you don’t need to break the bank.
3. Dry your clothes outside
Turn your tumble dryer off for the season and make use of that washing line. Not only will your clothes smell fresher, but you will save plenty of money besides. For people in flats, invest in a drying rack and put it next to an open window.
4. Top up your insulation
It may seem strange, but a properly insulated home is actually cooler is hotter months. Cavity wall insulation will keep warm air out in the summer and keep your home temperature more consistent. In the winter, you’ll also from a reduced heating bill.
5. Move your fridge
Your fridge has to work a lot harder in summer to maintain its temperature. Moving it out of direct sunlight and away from your oven will go a long way. Moving your fridge can be a big task, so make sure you get help and take care not to cause any damage to you or your fridge!
Keeping your fridge full also helps reduce its energy consumption as it doesn’t have to cool the empty space.
6. Brave cool showers
Consider giving your power shower a break in the morning and turn the temperature down a couple of notches. This will definitely help you save money, and just might help you wake up in a morning.
7. Go solar
Solar panels are not just great for the environment, they’re great for your bank balance too. Their electricity output will increase in summer, reducing your bill and allowing you to sell the excess back to the grid.
Gulf Gas & Power UK can help with your home energy supply too. By switching today, you could save over £250 on your annual energy bills. So, get a quote to find out how much you could save.
* The saving you will make will vary based on your current tariff and the amount of energy you use. Savings based on Ofgem average consumption values of 3,100kWh of electricity and 12,000kWh gas.