Hello everyone, Rebecca your Community Manager here 👋
I don't know about you, but although I am absolutely LOVING this sunshine and blue sky, I fell into the trap of rushing outside this morning to pop my washing out to dry, and then I was brought back down to reality, that in fact it is very much still winter temperatures out there. However, Spring is on the way and soon we will all be enjoying a warmer climate.
This leads me to our Winter Advice! It's easy to shove the thermostat up and forget that it will actually end up burning a hole in our pocket.
Here, we share some of our advice for winter from the Utilita Energy Saving Team themselves! 😎
Dealing with Draughts
Look out for any gaps or cracks in your windows, doors and floors, letting the cold air in and warm air out. Try using draught excluders on your doors, sealant on any small gaps and even rolled up newspaper to insulate your home.
Switch it off
We’re all guilty of leaving devices on standby, but now’s the time to save your energy and switch it off! Watch out for TV’s, kitchen appliances and phone charges using that vampire energy.
Still washing your clothes at 40 degrees? Stop. Unless it’s stated on the instructions, most detergents are designed to wash effectively at 30 degrees. We also know that a tumble dryer can be a necessity over winter - to save time and money try using dryer balls as these can help to reduce drying time by up to 25%. Alternatively, try adding a dry towel in with your wet washing to reduce the time it takes to dry your clothes.
Make the most of your appliances
Try to run your washing machine and tumble dryer at full capacity - you’ll be making the most of each run and saving money by reducing the number of washes needed. Keep your fridge freezer full to ensure empty space isn’t wasted - you can even use old newspaper to fill any empty gaps! Consider how much water you actually need before boiling the kettle, a full kettle means higher energy usage.
Ensuring your boiler is running efficiently will help make the most of your energy – we recommend that you try to schedule an annual service. And if you’re considering replacing your boiler, take a look at the Green Deal Scheme to help cover the costs for energy efficient products.
Add radiator reflector foil to help bounce heat back into the room to prevent it escaping through the walls. Tin foil is also a great cost effective alternative.
Energy High 5
For more energy-saving tips - join the Energy High 5 movement and save up to £163 a year by making five simple and free-of-charge changes to the way you use energy at home. Find out more here!
Don’t forget! My Utilita now offers Winter Savings, helping you to prepare for the colder months by saving a little extra money to use towards topping-up. Plus, you could be in with a chance to win some amazing rewards in the Winter Savings Draw!
For more winter advice on our main Utilita website, click here!
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