Energy bills can be a real strain on Britons, especially when paying for energy usage for an empty house.
With summer holiday season well and truly here, many Britons will be leaving their homes unattended.
However, an empty home doesn’t necessarily mean cheaper energy bills.
Many home appliances constantly use energy even when not turned on or on standby.
The Energy Saving Trust has revealed how to spot which appliances use the most energy, and how to save money on your next energy bill when leaving your home for summer holidays.
Avoid leaving appliances on standby
One of the biggest mistakes Britons make when leaving their home is leaving appliances on standby.
Standby does not mean switched off, and can actually add an average of £30 a year onto Britons’ energy bills.
Make sure all items are switched off at the plug before going away and also unplug to make sure to avoid risk of electrical fires.
Monitor electrical goods
In addition to turning off plugs and making sure items aren’t on standby, electrical goods such as broadband and wifi modems and routers, TV boxes and telephones all use small amounts of energy when not being used.
Usually items that are forgotten and not ever turned off, they can still use a lot of energy that adds up over weeks and the year.
According to Energy Saving Trust, these small, easily forgotten items can actually consume £8 worth of energy a year, which can add up over time.
Don’t forget the fridge
Fridges are one of the biggest consumers of energy, giving off both light and constantly keeping cold.
Fridges that are packed also use more energy than those that aren’t, more items need to be kept cold.
Before going away make sure to get rid of unnecessary items in the fridge, and set the temperature to a more wallet-friendly 3.3 degree celsius.
If possible, empty the fridge and turn it off completely, as this will save the most money on energy when the home is empty.
Don’t leave the lights on
Many Britons will leaving the lights on in their home to deter burglars.
While this is a great method to deter thieves and keep the home safe, it isn’t friendly on your wallet, especially when it comes to energy bills.
Where possible, use a timer to turn the lights on and off. This won’t only save you money, but it will also give more of an impression that the house is occupied.
Another tip is to turn off or reduce the power on your boiler, another energy guzzler and not necessary when the house is unoccupied.
Source : EXPRESS