Do you really need that jumbo sized refrigerator, dishwasher or washing machine? Many people are unaware that energy ratings take into account the size and energy requirement of the appliance, i.e. an A-rated small appliance and an A-rated large appliance may use vastly differing amounts of energy. Therefore it is worth considering what size you really need before purchasing new appliances.
Replace Old Refrigerators
In recent years, drastic improvements have been made in the energy efficiency of refrigerators. Take advantage of this to further reduce your energy costs by replacing your old fridge with a newer and more efficient model.
Install a Water Butt
Watering your plants and garden with tap water is wasteful and only adds to your bills and water charges. A water butt is a simple device you can install outside your home to store the rain water that runs from your down-pipe for your use as you need it.
Thankfully energy supply has become a more competitive market in Ireland. You should benefit from this by comparing the price you are currently paying against those offered by alternative suppliers in the market. Continue to check your bill for price hikes and opportunities to save, and never stop comparing.
More Quick Tips to Reduce Your Energy Bills
- Use the shower instead of the bath and replace your shower head with an aerated version to save even more.
- Defrost your refrigerator and freezer every six months.
- Insulate your tank, pipes and attic.
- Put a lagging jacket on your water cylinder.
- Put a chimney balloon in your chimney when it’s not in use.
The more steps you take, the more you will save on your energy bill. You should see a difference within 2 - 3 bills, but the real savings are in the long-term.