Summer’s coming – Energy Saving in warmer weather.
I always think Energy saving in winter is a bit obvious – turn the heating down, use thick curtains, batch cook on wholesome family meals.
but in the summer, none of those things really apply do they? With the warmer weather approaching (*eyes the rain hammering at the window and crosses fingers it IS coming…*) I’ve been thinking about this a lot.
Once the house basics are done – insulation, double glazing etc – what can I do in the summer to conserve energy?
Here’s what I came up with:
- If we DO get a heatwave *Hollow laugh* then make sure you open the windows at night, but close them and the curtains in the day. This stops the hot air and sunshine flooding in, and keeps rooms much cooler – particularly good for bedrooms, if we don’t do this my son’s west-facing room is like a furnace at bedtime on a hot summer’s evening, making it impossible to sleep.
- Cool off your hot water temperature – no one want’s a scorchio bath or shower in the warmer weather, so cool the thermostat and stop heating your water so high. Boiling a kettle for a sinkful of hot water for washing up is MUCH cheaper than heating your whole tank just for those 5litres!
- Summer clothing is lighter, so a full load of washing takes a while to accumulate. but unless your machine has a half-load option, hold off until the drum is full so that you’re not wasting all that energy and water washing only a few items.
- That tumble dryer can go to sleep for a few months – I’m determined to not use mine now until I need the central heating on (probably November).
- Turning appliances off counts all year round of course – no more standby, make sure everything’s turned off at the mains.
Do you have any great energy saving tips? We’ve been working with E.ON in collating their pretty brilliant Energy Saving Guide, which is definitely worth looking at. They’re also offering our awesome readers £150 John Lewis vouchers for their best energy saving tip – there’s still time to enter your own tip and be in to win!