Top tips for becoming more energy efficient this winter

Posted 22nd October 2021

It’s World Energy Day on 22nd October 2021 organised by the World Energy Council whose mission is to promote the sustainable supply and use of energy for the greatest benefit of all. Also the COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference is taking place in Glasgow from 31st October until 12th November which aims to unite the world to tackle climate change.

With energy and climate change very much dominating the news agenda right now, with the hike in energy prices and the fuel crisis, not to mention the climate change protesters blocking roads we thought we’d highlight some easy ways retirees can become more energy efficient and make a contribution to climate change.

This is timely too as the UK heads into the colder winter months, which can be a worrying time for older people when it comes to affording their heating bills. We encourage people to try some of these tips to not only save money and make their homes more energy efficient, but to help cut carbon emissions.

Many of the residents in our rental properties have downsized and are already making savings by having fewer rooms to heat. These extra ideas we hope could be useful over the coming months and could add up to significant financial savings over the longer term.

  • Install energy efficient lightbulbs – The technology has come a long way in recent years and something as simple as changing a lightbulb can make a big difference to the energy efficiency of your home. My Future Living uses different types of energy efficient bulbs including bulbs from Philips and Osram.

People can check the energy efficiency rating of the bulbs when they buy them to see how much of a difference they might make in their home. Some makes even come with lights around the switches so people can see when they’re on or off which is easier to see at night.

  • Cook with lids on pans – This is an easy way to reduce the amount of energy that is being used as it helps speed up cooking times.
  • Consider your fridge temperatures – Not having the fridge set too cold canreduce the amount of energy being lost through large appliances, but please be aware this can impact the shelf life of food so don’t turn down too much.
  • Turn off switches – Turning off switches and pulling plugs out that are not in use can all help save energy.
  • Break the standby habit – Energy switching service uswitch.com says some of the top electricity wasters include stereos, TVs, desktop computers, laptops, and printers and scanners. Switching them all off when not in use is advisable. Mobile phones too shouldn’t be left on charge all night.
  • Keep the oven doors open when you switch it off – This can help provide extra heat in your kitchen which would otherwise be wasted.
  • Invest in thick curtains – Most heat escapes through the windows so investing in thick curtains or blackout blinds can help.
  • Make the most of storage heater settings – Adjust the temperature setting to a comfortable room temperature and avoid having on the highest setting.
  • Consider switching gas and electricity tariffs if on a variable rate – Although currently switching has become more difficult due to issues in the energy sector, make a note to switch as soon as more deals become available.

Moving into a smaller property in a retirement development can also help save money on heating and energy bills. At My Future Living we offer one and two bedroom apartments to rent in friendly retirement developments. To find out more please give us a call on 01823 793420 or email: enquiries@myfutureliving.co.uk