Classic Irish sayings that may actually help you to save energy

We're well-used to jokes about the immersion, but could these classic sayings actually help you to save money?

Maeve McLaughlin
by Maeve McLaughlin on 19th September, 2016

The nights are getting longer and, very soon, the low energy bills most of us enjoy in the summer will be long gone.

Irish people are particularly well-known for their colourful sayings - and, as it turns out, some of these could actually come in handy if you’d like to save some money on your energy bills this winter…

“Were you born in a barn?”

A classic saying that we probably all heard countless times in our childhood, this one was thrown out when you left a room but didn’t close the door after you. And it actually makes sense.

Draughts can make it really difficult to heat your home, so ensuring doors are closed will help you to keep your home cosy, and conserve energy in the process.

“Waste not, want not”

This one is self-explanatory. But how can you put it into practice with your energy bills?

Well, you may not know that leaving devices on stand-by can actually use up lots of energy. Turn off devices fully when you’re not using them - you’ll save energy, and you should see a reduction in your bills, too.

“Did you turn off the immersion?”

No-one growing up in Ireland went through their childhood without hearing this yelled at them before they left the house.

Water boilers can use a lot of energy, so there’s definitely method to this one - if the immersion was constantly left on, you would see your bills creeping up pretty quickly. Only leave on the hot water tank for as long as you need it. And remember, if you have an electric shower you may not need to use the immersion much, if at all.

“It’s not that cold - just put a jumper on!”

This saying is normally rabbited out as the evenings start to turn colder and we’re trying to resist the urge to put the heating on.

If it’s not that cold, it could work, however there are other things you could try - like turning the thermostat down a degree or two, or using a timer to set the heating for specific times.

“You’re throwing money down the drain!”

It’s possible that, if you use your hot water boiler a lot, this saying could soon ring true.

Ensure you don’t leave the hot water tap running if you’re doing dishes - instead, fill the sink and wash the dishes there. You’d be surprised how much less water you use!

“There’s great drying out”

Uttered every time the sun pops out from behind the clouds, this is another Irish classic. And, actually, the next time you hear it, you might be well-advised to take heed.

Dryers can use quite a lot of energy, so you will definitely save by hanging clothes on the line instead. If you must use the dryer, take a look at our tips for energy-efficient drying.

“You have to spend money to make money”

This saying is used in all walks of life and, in terms of saving money on your energy bills, it carries some weight.

There are lots of energy-saving devices out there now, like automatic radiator bleeders, home energy monitors, and even straightforward things like energy efficient bulbs.

While it may cost you upfront to buy these items, there’s no doubt that they will save you money on your energy bills over their lifetime.

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