Top energy saving tips

Find out how to use less energy and save money on your gas and electricity bills.

Energy efficiency is a hot topic in Ireland - using less gas and electricity isn’t just good for the environment, it can save you money on your gas and electricity bills too. Here are our top energy saving tips, which can help you to reduce your energy bills, as well as the amount of gas and electricity you use.

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Switcher’s top energy saving tips

  • Draughts. Let’s start with the obvious one - make sure you don’t have any draughts. Seal off your windows and doors.
  • 1 degree. Turn your heating down by one degree. Lowering your thermostat by just 1ºC will knock 10% off your heating bill.
  • Curtains. Close your curtains when it gets dark. Much of the heat loss from a house occurs through the windows, particularly if they are single glazed. So keep your curtains closed at night, even in empty rooms and also ensure that the curtains don’t hang over the radiators as that will just funnel all your heat out the window. +Boiling water. Only put as much water as you need in the kettle, so if you’re making a cup of tea for one, don’t fill it to the top.
  • Light bulbs. Use energy saving light bulbs. Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) use a fraction of the electricity an ordinary light bulb would use and last up to 10 times longer.
  • Standby. Turn appliances off, don’t keep them on standby. This will save up to 20% of your appliances’ energy use.
  • Family. If you’ve got a family, keep an eye on what your children are doing - they will consume a lot of energy if they are leaving their appliances on and they’re in their bedrooms for hours playing with their laptops or gaming or other appliances that consume a lot of energy. +Energy grants. Talk to your energy suppliers or the SEAI (The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland). There is a lot of money available for grants and financial help to install energy saving measures.

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