In the UK households use more electricity per year than the global average electricity consumption. The average electricity usage generally depends on the size of your property and the amount of people who live there.
1 to 2 bedroom flat – 2,000kWh
2 to 3 bedroom house – 3,100kWh
4 + bedroom house – 4,600 kWh
The cost of your electricity usage depends on number of factors including the price of wholesale energy, location and payment method among other things. Our thirst for electricity continues to grow as we are able to utilise more and more useful electrical appliances. This means it is increasingly important to be mindful of how to reduce our electricity usage and increase our efficiency.
There are a number of simple ways in which you can begin to reduce your electricity usage without much effort and without compromising your standard of living. Here are just a few ideas to get you started on your energy saving journey.
Whether you are using electricity, gas or another type of energy to heat your home, with a little investment you can ensure that you are being efficient, and you are minimising your energy usage. As heat rises, insulating your loft can be one of the easiest ways reduce energy usage. The recommended minimum amount of loft insulation is 270mm and estimates suggest that using this amount could save you up to £180 a year in comparison to an uninsulated home. Heat is not just lost through the roof but can also dissipate through your walls. Many properties are suitable for cavity wall insulation which can also boost your home’s energy efficiency. Some estimates suggest that you could save up to 19% on your fuel bills by using cavity wall insulation. However, it is important to check whether it is suitable for your home as it may not be appropriate for some properties. Many energy companies offer free cavity wall and loft insulation.
Many electronic devices in our homes spend the majority of their time in standby mode which means that they are still using power. For example, a television left on standby mode can use around 3kWh per month this can be reduced significantly if it is switched off from the mains when not in use. Standby power can also be referred to as ‘vampire power’ and this term is quite fitting as devices in standby mode suck your electricity and can leave you with higher energy bills.
Common devices that use consume the most standby power include:
Mobile phone chargers
LED lighting is a lot more efficient than most other bulbs available on the market today. According to some studies, if you were to swap all of your household bulbs for LEDs you could save up to £40 a year on bills. As LED bulbs can last for over a decade over time this can add up to a significant saving and means that their slightly higher cost is a good investment.
Use appliances efficiently
Often simply changing the settings on your electronic devices can help you to make a significant saving on your electricity bills.
For example, when using your washing machine the majority of the electricity used goes towards heating the water. If you turn your washing machine down to 30ºc from 40ºc you can use up to a third less of electricity.
Also, newer modern electronic appliances can be from 2 to 10 times more efficient than older models. When you look to upgrade be mindful of the efficiency rating of the device, in the UK look for the Energy Star label.