How to save a bit of money at Christmas
We all love to save a bit of money, especially this time of year when we can put it to good use on buying Christmas gifts. Here are some ideas to help save money on your electricity bill:
- Reduce the amount of time you leave the Christmas lights on. If you have lights outside, switch them off when you go to bed, or use a smart switch to control the number of hours the lights are on for.
- Turn appliances off at the plug otherwise they will continue to use energy when on standby.
- Keep your freezer and fridge full. If there is space to fill, try putting bottles of water in there. Your fridge will use less energy to stay cold when it is full.
- Buy a fibre optic Christmas tree or decorations, these use less energy.
- Put lids on saucepans when cooking; the heat won’t escape out the top and so cooking will be faster can save energy.
- Make shower times shorter. Set a timer to ring after a set amount of time.
- Only part fill the kettle when you only want a little hot water, many full kettles make up to 8 cups!
- Reducing the temperature on the heating thermostat a little can have make a big difference. Tell everyone to put their Christmas jumpers on!!
- If you are buying new gadgets for Christmas, look our for Energy Star certified electronics, these appliances use to to 60% less electricity. Visit energystar.gov for information about gadgets.
- Replace old bulbs with LEDs. LEDs can save as much as 90% energy. Even Swindon Council are planning on replacing all the street lights with LED lights in a bid to save money as well as being more environmentally friendly.
If you are really serious about saving money and being more environmentally friendly, please contact us to discuss how smart home devices can save you pounds as well as making your life much easier!