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Lowering the temperature of your laundry, cleaning refrigerator coils and unplugging appliances are some of the best energy saving hacks, top UK influencers have revealed.
With energy costs soaring in the UK, many households are looking for clever tips and tricks to save. To help keep your bills down, some of the country’s top clean influencers, united as the Shine Squad at Clean and tidy home living room, revealed what you can easily do at home. Keep reading for their tips…
1. Don’t let the heat go to waste
Staying warm at home is a top priority in freezing weather, but saving money and energy is just as important. According to Laura Williams (@cleaning_at83), you need to trap heat when drying your clothes on an indoor dryer.
“I stretch a king size sheet out of the radiator to keep the heat in over a clothes rack, so no energy is wasted,” says Laura. If you don’t have a heated dryer, why not try this nifty trick instead?
2. Take a traditional cleaning approach
If you want to reduce your electricity bills, try to be more efficient when using your cleaning appliances — and try to use them less. Whether it’s a vacuum cleaner or your electric mop, these can quickly add to your energy consumption.
“Old-fashioned cleaning skills can crush those bills. A dustpan and brush will do for small jobs, while long-lasting cleaners can make your floors shine without the need to scrub,’ say experts at the Clean & Tidy Show.
3. Opt for cold water
Cold water will do for most of your cleaning. While hot, soapy water is recommended for washing dishes, you can use cold water to wipe down surfaces, rinse dishes or wash clothes. In fact, when you wash your clothes cold, you save money because you spend less on electricity to heat the water.
“You really don’t need hot water for anything, especially rinsing,” says Lucy, who runs the Instagram account, @clean up with lucy. “There are powder detergents that perform best at 20°C, so they’re ideal for using less energy while keeping your clothes clean.”
4. Rinse the filters
When was the last time you cleaned your washing machine or Dishwasher filtered? According to experts, it is recommended to clean the filters every four months to remove any fur, food or lint. A clogged washing machine, for example, could develop mold if not cleaned regularly.
5. Maximize the potential of your devices
Reduce costs at home with smart products and planning. Jenny from @lobby_at_home suggests: ‘Most washing machines and dishwashers have an eco mode which can take longer but requires less energy overall, so they’re ideal if you don’t need your dishes or your clothes right away. Plus, dryer balls can reduce drying time and color-catching sheets allow you to mix more clothes to ensure you’re always washing full loads.
6. Clean refrigerator coils
Refrigerator coils help cool your refrigerator, so when dirt and debris get in the way, they can’t release heat effectively. It’s a pretty quick task and should be done at least once every six months.
“Because the coils are out of sight, it’s easy for them to get covered in a warm blanket of dust, making them less effective. Temporarily turn off the refrigerator so you can then safely use a telescopic duster to eliminate lint,” the team explains.
7. Switch off electrical appliances
Turning off a number of appliances around the house can be the easiest way to drastically reduce your energy bill. Indeed, according to E.ON Energy, leaving your devices on standby adds £35 to your energy bill every year. From the kettle to your computer, flip the switch on the outlet to save a pretty penny.
Sharon Own from Instagram account, @a_welsh_spring_gleam, says, ‘If you don’t need it, don’t leave it on! All those different electrical devices around the house quickly add up if you’re not careful.
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