This week has been Green Week, so what better time to share 4 easy tips on how to save on energy!
1. Turn off lights. While it’s understandable to keep the light on to avoid us doing that awkward “running up the stairs before the demon in the dark catches me”, we need to question whether the light is actually needed. When we leave the room, don’t forget to take the light off. Growing up, my dad was always reminding us to do this and often quoted “the light’s not afraid of the dark”. I often rolled my eyes every time he’d say it and can’t quite believe that I am quoting it now, but it's true! When you don’t need the light, simply switch it off.
2. Fill the kettle with only the amount of water you need. I am guilty of doing this as I often find myself carelessly filling the kettle up, without realising that it was just the small cuppa that I wanted. Again, this is a simple change we can make. Be mindful about how much water you need, and hey, maybe offer someone else a cup of tea if there’s spare water in the kettle (hint, hint sisters ;))
3. Spend less time in the shower. In school, I had a teacher who proudly let us know that they only spend 2 minutes in the shower. I reflected and thought about how I would spend 2 minutes to find the right temperature, let alone shower. Whilst I have not adopted the modest 2 minutes, I challenge us all to take 2 minutes off our shower time. Did you know spending one minute less in the shower each day will save up to £8 a year off your energy bills, per person?
4. Take your electronic devices off charge when the battery is 100%. Have you ever been guilty of charging your phone overnight? Maybe it’s just a habit now? Have you ever thought to reconsider this? Remember, phones, tablets and laptops still could be using energy even when they’re 100%, so switching them off and unplugging is a great small change that we can make!
While these are only some of the smaller changes you can make to save on your energy bill and be more environmentally friendly, this won't be enough for some families. The most recent government survey says there were 2.53 million fuel-poor households in England in 2017. What does this mean? Well, a household is “fuel poor” if it has “above-average energy costs, and if paying those costs would push it below the poverty line as far as its remaining income was concerned”. https://www.moneysupermarket.com/gas-and-electricity/fuel-poverty/ is a great article if you or someone close to you may be struggling with this issue and want to know ways to get help.