Lazy hacks - what are yours? How do you save energy?

  • 10 February 2017
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Light candles to trick you into feeling warmer, or close curtains to keep the heat in? These are just a few of what some of our staff do, but what are your tips?

Need some more inspiration? I bet you wish you'd thought of these sooner!

For 120 (that’s right, 120!) sensible ways to save click here.

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Closing the curtains to try and keep heat in would be one of mine, along with heat reflective foil behind the radiators.
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Closing the curtains to try and keep heat in would be one of mine, along with heat reflective foil behind the radiators.

I love it, Emma - foil behind the radiators is one that I've heard before. I'll need to convince my flatmates to get on board with it first though - that way I won't be lumped with buying all the foil! :D

Tim
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Not over-filling the kettle is a classic, but a good one. If you're making a single cup, you only need just over a cup of water, or it's just a waste...
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Not over-filling the kettle is a classic, but a good one. If you're making a single cup, you only need just over a cup of water, or it's just a waste...

Nailed it, stateofit - if I see an over filled kettle for one cup of tea, I will nearly always give the filler of that kettle a (not so subtle) hint about it. Another classic: put a lid on that pot of water, pronto!

Got any more tips to share?

Tim
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Energy efficient lightbulbs. Use a fraction of the power for the same light.
Shut all the doors. Less area for the heat to circulate in the winter, warms up rooms quicker and reduces boiler and gas useage.
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Energy efficient lightbulbs. Use a fraction of the power for the same light.
Shut all the doors. Less area for the heat to circulate in the winter, warms up rooms quicker and reduces boiler and gas useage.


More great tips, Pete! Nice work 🙂

Don't forget to add a profile pic and update your profile. Thanks for getting stuck in, we're glad to have you on board!

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Darran
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Hi Emma and Pete

We have started a competition on energy saving tips, please add your ideas to the new post to you are in the running!!

You can view it here: https://forum.ovoenergy.com/anything-but-energy-25/win-a-50-cineworld-voucher-with-your-energy-saving-tips-98

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Darran
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If boiling veg to go with a meal that also has rice/pasta I'll cook it all in the same saucepan- only using one ring on the hob instead of two, and it saves on washing up too!

Also, if the oven's on, have more than one thing cooking at a time. Making a casserole but planning on baking a cake? Do it at the same time to save having the oven on longer than needed.
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Put an extra layer of clothes on in winter, lets you run the heating that much cooler and saves a packet!

Max out your loft insulation, wait until one of the big stores has it on offer and buy a car full of rolls, a dust mask and some gloves (modern stuff is better, but its still a not very nice place to work)...
Doesnt take long to top up however much you have with a bit more, and makes a big difference.

Take some incense sticks and on a windy day shut the house up tight and then explore all your doors/windows with the incense.. It will show up leaks that will either be a problem in how it closes or (more likely) tired/damaged seals. Simple to fix once you know where!

Close curtains/windows on sunny side of house to avoid it overheating (if you have that issue).

Cavity wall insulation, not expensive to have installed and makes a big difference to retained heat.

Swap all bulbs in main living areas/lights that are on a lot to LED bulbs.. Big energy saving! (we have now done every bulb in the house)

Switch stuff off at the wall, standby is quite low power these days but it still uses some energy..
Time switches also work very well, if you know that you wont be using the internet then power the router off between 12pm and 6am or when you are at work.. Easy enough to click back on if you do need it and only take a moment to boot.

Swap outside lights to LED versions, or even better to solar charged LED versions.

Get a kill-a-watt.. It plugs into a socket then you plug a device into it, and it will tell you live usage of that device... Doesnt take long to work your way around and figure out if you have a rogue device using much more power than expected.
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Hey @sam_cat that is a lot of great tips! Thanks for sharing them with us all.

We are definitely on board with changing the bulbs to LED's and we are in the process of installing a lot of solar lighting in the garden too.

Good shout with the incense sticks, definitely an easy way to identify those rogue drafts.

So many great tips on here, really good to see so many of you trying to make your homes more energy efficient.

Keep sharing suggestions and ideas, or feel free to ask others questions about anything energy saving related, someone has probably thought about it or experienced it before so get commenting! :)

Darran
Not over-filling the kettle is a classic, but a good one. If you're making a single cup, you only need just over a cup of water, or it's just a waste...

Nailed it, stateofit - if I see an over filled kettle for one cup of tea, I will nearly always give the filler of that kettle a (not so subtle) hint about it. Another classic: put a lid on that pot of water, pronto!

Got any more tips to share?

Tim
similarly, making a pot of tea, as opposed to one cup, saves energy and teabags!
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led lightbulbs and an extension from the streetlamp outside....:8
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Use a dehumidifier, dry air heats up much quicker than moist damp air.
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Timsimilarly, making a pot of tea, as opposed to one cup, saves energy and teabags!


Depends on how many people want tea, if you live alone like me making a pot of tea would use more water and electricity to heat it.

Now if you made a pot of tea and then put it in a thermos flask you could drink tea all evening and only boil the kettle once. 🤑

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