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on 24 Oct 2019 9:26 PM
Smart tips to stay warm while saving energy and money at the same time!
 
The mornings are a bit darker, there’s a nip in the air and you hear the familiar noise of the heat being put back on… Winter has arrived!

And with the winter, comes some additional house running costs. So we’re here to help you with some energy saving tips that you can put to good use this winter, hopefully saving you a couple of bob at the same time. 


1 Heat

Bleeding your radiators regularly will help them to run to their full capacity and help reduce your energy bill. This can be an easy one to forget so automatic radiator bleeding valves can help you out here, reducing the hassle of doing it yourself.
 

2 Lighting

Try using Natural Daylight Bulbs (bio bulbs), as they are up to 80% more efficient than the standard incandescent bulbs.
 
Fan of nodding off to a good book? Then a light timer is your friend! You can set the timer to turn off anytime between 5 minutes and 1 hour. 

For outdoors?  A solar spotlight in the garden will help light up the driveway and a mains free option for your security light will add nothing to your energy bills
 

3. Washing and Drying

Place some Magno balls in your dishwasher and washing machine as they are designed to help soften water and prevent limescale, allowing you to wash at a lower temperature and save on your energy bills. They can last for up to 10 years too!
 

4. Kitchen Tips

Make sure to use a fridge thermometer to keep your fridge and freezer at the right temperature and not running up energy bills. The recommended temperature for the fridge is 2.77°C and 17.77°F for the freezer.
 
Put the kettle on? Hang on a sec! Make sure to just boil the water for what you need-boiling a whole pot can use a huge amount of electricity
 

5. Energy Use

To keep an eye on your energy across your appliances, use a plug-in energy monitor. Plug the monitor into a wall socket and then plug the appliance into the monitor, it will show what it’s costing you.

If you’re looking at upgrading your house to a more ‘green’ standard, Savvi have a great Green Energy Loan, for energy efficient home improvements. Chat to us today to fi nd out more or visit us at savvi.ie for more details. 
 
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