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Bad energy habits costing you money

Small habits that you may not even realise you are doing could be pushing up the cost of your energy bills.

Many of us will be guilty of these small habits that are unnecessarily costing us money on our energy bills. Kicking these habits will not only reduce your energy consumption but also reduce the cost of your energy bills and help you save more money.

Leaving the heating on while you’re not home

Many people like to leave the heating on in their homes while they are out so that when they return the house is toasty and warm. However, this habit will be skyrocketing your energy bills. A better solution is to get yourself a smart thermostat that will allow you to set a timer for your heating so it comes on half an hour before you arrive home. This will significantly reduce your consumption and slash hundreds off your bills.

Items left on standby

There are plenty of household items that are constantly left on standby which still consume energy even when not being used. From TV’s to microwaves and laptops to digiboxes, these items are often left on standby when they can be switched off completely at the wall when you’re not using them. By doing this you will save hundreds on your energy bill.

Lights on, no one is home

Do you ever find yourself walking past a room with the light on but no one is in the room? Walking out of a room and forgetting to turn off the lights is a big waste of energy that plagues many Irish households. The best way to combat this is to try and get into the habit of making sure you switch off the lights when you leave a room if you don’t intend on immediately returning to the room. There is also the option of installing sensor lights within the home which sense when someone enters a room to switch on, and switch off when no movement is detected after a period of time.

It’s also important to note that your consumption will also be higher if you leave your lights on and your home isn’t fitted with LED energy-saving lights. Switching to LED energy saving lights can slash your bills significantly.

Juiced up but still using energy

Charging your phone, tablet or laptop past the point of 100% charge still uses energy. This is despite that fact that many people think that once charged a device, if not being used, will not use any further energy. This is not true. A small amount of energy is still used which adds up over the course of the year if done on a daily basis. Once your device is fully charged make sure you unplug it and turn off the charger switch at the wall.

Sleep-watching

We all know someone who stays up to watch their favourite program or movie but 20 minutes later is deep asleep in their chair with the television left on. If this sounds like you, make sure that once you start to feel tired turn off the television (not just on standby) so that it doesn’t use more energy than it needs to.

The big freeze

We’re all guilty of standing in front of the fridge or freezer for minutes on end wondering what we want to eat. By doing this we’re letting all the cold air escape which means the fridge/freezer needs to use more energy to keep the temperature steady and cold. Try making up your mind of what you’d like to eat before opening the door and you’ll save yourself both time and money.

What else can I do to save more?

If you would still like to save more on your energy bills and put some cash back in your pocket it might be a good idea to look at switching supplier - especially if you haven’t done so in the last 12 months.

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