8 tips to spring clean your way to a more energy efficient home
As we say goodbye to the colder weather and welcome Spring - there’s no better excuse for a Spring clean. It’s the perfect opportunity to rid your home of the ‘stuff’ you can live without whilst giving it a deep clean (and save energy at the same time).
So light a candle, put your music playlist on and get in the zone. Here we share 8 tips to clean your way to an energy efficient home.
1. SWITCH TO LEDs
Whilst dusting the lampshades be sure to replace any blown or old fashioned halogen lightbulbs with energy efficient LED bulbs. According to Energy Saving Trust, making the big switch can save an average household up to £35 a year on energy costs.
2. SEAL THOSE GAPS
When cleaning your windows look out for air gaps in the weather stripping. Unless your home is very new, you’ll lose some heat through draughts around windows, doors, and gaps around the floor. By DIY draught-proofing, Which? states the average home could save £25 - £50 a year on energy costs!
3. REVAMP THOSE RADIATORS
Bleeding your radiators regularly can make a huge difference to your energy spend and ensures you’re getting the most out of your heating system. To retain the heat in your home, windows and doors will also benefit from heavy or lined curtains, especially if they are only single glazed.
Click here instructions on how to bleed your radiators.
4. REFRESH THAT FREEZE
We often forget our freezers are on 24-7, being one of the few house hold appliances to be constantly consuming energy. Energy use is doubled when ice has built up inside it. Uswitch recommends defrosting if the ice build-up is over 5cm.
Here are a few extra tips to save on the running costs of your fridge:
- Set your fridge to 3oC and your freezer to -16oC – Every degree lower, uses 5% more energy.
- Keep your fridge/freezer out of direct sunlight as it will have to work harder to keep cool
- If you’re considering replacing yours, be sure to get an energy efficient model
5. DE-FLUFF YOUR DRYER DUCK
Needless to say tumble dryers need a lot of energy to run and can cost between £70 - £100 a year depending on the size of your household.
We’ve all seen the lint balls that live in our tumble dryer. Cleaning your dryer duct at least three times a year makes your dryer happier, uses less energy, and works more efficiently.
6. USE YOUR (SHOWER) HEAD
After scrubbing your shower, be sure to clean the shower head out, (soaking it in white vinegar for this works a treat!) Even better, install a low-flow shower head to save water and energy. This can save a family of four around £65 a year according to The Energy Saving Trust.
7. CLEAN THE FRIDGE COILS
When cleaning your fridge, don’t forget the coils at the back so air can circulate to them freely. The build-up of dust and household bacteria means the motor has to work harder which uses more energy.
8. TIME TO UPGRADE YOUR APPLIANCES?
Is your fridge on the verge of a breakdown? TV on its last legs? If you’re thinking of upgrading one or more of your appliances, investing in energy efficient models could save you as much as £62 a year according to ‘Which?’ – see the full guide here