Energy bills in the UK are set to skyrocket by as much as 54 per cent in April which is likely to lead to many households across the country struggling to allocate their funds. Fortunately, tech retailer Currys has revealed the top offenders for using up the most energy at home.
It has also provided some top tips and tricks to aid households in reducing their day-to-day energy consumption with the hopes of lessening the sting of the price hikes. Washing machines, dishwashers and similar appliances account for roughly 25 per cent of the average household’s electrical use.
Meanwhile, TVs and games consoles use 19 per cent of a household’s electricity – by just turning these off the average user could save themselves £40 a year on average. Cooking appliances, ovens, microwaves and kettles take up 19 per cent of the average bill with fridges and freezers using 16 per cent while lights add a whopping additional 16 per cent, the Mirror reports.
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In order to help the country save some extra money on all their tech-usage while simply relaxing at home or working form home, Curry’s have provided their six best tips for helping tech-lovers ease the load on their bills.
Go green this winter season by being ‘eco’
Nearly all modern-day washing machines, washer dryers and dishwashers have an eco-setting that allows users to save energy and therefore save money. Switching a dishwasher onto an eco-setting can save water use by 20-40 per cent for each clean cycle.
Always check energy-efficient labels
When it comes to upgrading or trading your tech devices in, it’s always a good idea to check the energy labels. Choosing a product based on its energy class can result in a significant amount of money being saved. Upon purchasing a device, energy-efficient information should always be clearly displayed and will cover all bases such as water consumption to eco programmes.
Shoppers also have the option to ask experts in-store or online for further guidance to cut through tech jargon.
Purchase the correct size tech appliances
Always buy a product that caters to your specific needs, rather than just buying the biggest and flashiest thing. For examples, smaller washing machines for smaller households can save a lot of water which will have a positive impact on your wallet.
Matt Manning, Group Carbon and Environment Manager at Currys Plc, said: “In the past 12 months we’ve noticed an increase in the numbers of customers who’re looking to save money and protect the environment. But interestingly, when they speak to one of our in-store or ShopLive tech experts, they’re often surprised to find that it’s not always the biggest, most popular products that are best suited to their needs and living spaces.”
Install smart heating controllers to beat the ever-growing bill
Smart heaters or thermostats can help Brits easily control the heating in their homes and is a great base to jump off your mission of saving on bills. Products such as the HIVE Activeheating MultiZone Thermostat or Google Nest Thermostat allow you to turn on heating only when you need it most.
Switch to LED bulbs
LED alternative bulbs can provide the same amount of light as a normal lightbulb while using only a fraction of the energy. This means lights can be left on longer during dark nights without much concern for their effect on your energy bill.
LED lights can help reduce the average person’s carbon dioxide emissions by up to 40kg a year – the equivalent to driving a car 40 miles. Plus, consumers can save up to £9 per bulb per year.
Stay smart with smart plugs
Smart plugs can be paired with an app that comes with plenty of energy-saving features, such as an automatic switch off. Some smart plugs also allow users to input their electricity supplier’s prices into their respective apps, so usage can be monitored in real time – great for busy households with lots of gadgets on the go at any one time.
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