5 Ways to Reduce Your Home’s Energy Usage

To mark the start of Energy Saving Week, we are sharing our top tips for reducing energy usage at home – keeping your bank balance healthy and carbon footprint low. 

Keep it Cool
Did you know that 90% of the energy used by a washing machine goes towards heating the water? Washing your clothes on a cooler 30 degrees wash can save over a third of the energy used. Likewise, cutting back your washing machine use by just one cycle per week could save you up to £10 a year on energy, according to Citizens Advice.

Fill Your Dishwashers
Dishwashers use the same amount of energy regardless of the number of dishes they’re cleaning, so make the most of each cycle by ensuring it is full before starting a wash. Just like your washing machine, one less wash a week could also save you up to £10 a year on energy.

Switch Off Standby
Most electrical products now have standby features, but by switching them off and unplugging devices instead you can reduce electricity costs while reducing carbon emissions. This can save around £40 a year, says Citizens Advice, so check whether all the devices plugged in your home are a necessity!

Buy New Build
New build homes meet high energy efficiency standards, meaning innovative designs and sustainable materials are used as standard. Fitted with condensing boilers, quality insulation and double glazing, new homes lose less heat through draughts and dated walls. Here at Catalyst, we include a range of integrated energy-efficient appliances and heating systems as standard, creating homes that minimise everyday energy use.

Invest in a Smart Meter
A smart meter is a digital display that records your energy use and bills, allowing you to visually track your home’s usage in real time. By monitoring your usage and changing behaviours according to its readings, it is possible to make savings on your gas and electricity bills.

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