Top energy-saving hacks to save money – and tips that are just old wives’ stories

The things that work and do not work when it comes to saving money have been a hot topic in the middle of rising energy bills.

So, Angellica Bell, co-host of The Martin Lewis Money Show, has revealed her best energy-saving hacks that work – as well as dispelling myths that do not.

Other tips she said could save money include just boiling the water you really need to make a cup and unplugging your electrical appliances when not in use.

This comes after a survey of 2,000 adults found that over a third (39 percent) already believe that the bill will be kept down if you put on your laundry at a lower temperature.

And while 22 percent already save money by lowering their wash temperature, 35 percent do so in an effort to protect their clothes and make them last longer.

After the findings, a quiz has been created to let people test their knowledge of the money-saving hacks that work and those that do not.

Angellica Bell, who works with Ariel, who commissioned the research to highlight its #WashColdChallenge, said: “I have started making some simple changes and have mastered some tips along the way.

“There is so much information out there about what works and what does not when it comes to energy saving hacks.

“Since we are all ready to see rising energy bills, lowering your laundry temperature to a cold wash is a simple switch you can make to reduce your energy use at home.

“Not only do you reduce your carbon footprint, you also reduce your energy use for laundry – cold washing can save up to 60 percent on your washing machine’s energy bill.”

Other ways that Britons plan to reduce the impact on their wallets – and the environment – are to reduce their car use (39 percent).

And when the weather gets warmer, two-thirds (65 percent) have reduced directly on their use of central heating in the home.

Nearly half (45 percent) have started disconnecting unused devices, and four out of ten make sure to keep the curtains tightly closed to keep the heat inside.

On average, Britons do laundry three times a week – even if more than one in 20 does a laundry every day.

But 29 percent admitted that they did not divide their laundry into “light and dark” – and just bundled everything together.

And one in five do not usually read instructions on how to wash their clothes, but just go through everything in the same cycle – with men being the bigger culprit for this than women.

But while 41 percent already wash their clothes in 30 degrees, it is still most likely that 35 percent go for a warmer wash in 40 degrees.

A spokesman for Ariel said: “Everyone is looking for ways to reduce their energy use, both to save money and resources.

“Some tips are really good and will help in both respects, while some are old wives’ stories that will only make a negligible difference.

“Washing at a lower temperature is something that will make a difference, both for your bills and the life of your clothes – lowering the temperature of your laundry can go a long way to reducing the environmental impact of your laundry.

“As part of our effort to get the nation to lower its temperature, if the #WashColdChallenge campaign reaches a million promises from the public, we will donate £ 100,000 to the WWF to protect the planet.”

BEST TIPS THAT WORK:

  1. By lowering the washing temperature and even washing cold, you can save up to 60 percent on your washing machine’s energy bill.
  2. Buy energy-efficient appliances – a washing machine A +++ will usually use less energy or control the environmental cycles of machines you have.
  3. Switch off standby modes where you can – many electrical appliances can be switched off at the mains socket without affecting their programming.
  4. Stop charging your phone – Many people charge their phones overnight, but repeatedly charging the phone to 100 percent can drain battery life over time. Simply top up your phone when it needs it.
  5. Air-drying clothes instead of running them through a dryer will help you save money and be easier to do during the summer months.
  6. Boil only as much water as you need in your kettle.
  7. Securing your house is a great way to save. Yes, you may have to pay initially, but it can save you more money in the long run.
  8. Using a microwave oven is cheaper than using an oven – or even investing in a slow cooker.
  9. Turn off your lights as much as possible and replace lights with LED lights.
  10. Smart meters let you see when you use the most energy and how much it costs you. So even if it does not save money to install a smart meter in itself, it can help you make more informed choices in the long run to be able to track your energy use, which can save energy and thus money.

TIPS THAT DO NOT WORK:

  1. Regardless of the temperature of your laundry. Washing your clothes in hot temperatures does not use the same amount of energy as washing in colder temperatures. By lowering the temperature from 40 ° C to 20 ° C on a normal cycle, you can save up to 60 percent on your washing energy bill. And switching to a lower temperature can not only save money, but also help the environment because you use less energy and thus reduce the laundry’s carbon footprint.
  2. Turning the thermostat to a high temperature will not heat your home faster.
  3. Painting radiators black does not help save energy.
  4. Using electricity at night is not always cheaper than using it during the day. This depends on what rate you have and for those who have central heating, electricity costs the same regardless of what time of day you use it.
  5. Leaving devices in standby mode still consumes energy. Unplugging or turning off devices when not in use is an effective way to save energy.
  6. Having low heat all day to save money is a myth. Having only the heat on when you need it is in the long run the best way to save energy and thus money.

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