Energy saving tips from Powershop

There are very few things as satisfying as sticking it to the man and saving yourself some money on your energy bills. But saving energy in your home is not just about getting the best deal from your provider. It’s about being in control of what you spend and when you pay too.

You can’t move on the internet for tips and advice on how to save energy in your home, ranging from the far-fetched – like firing up a generator using exercise bikes –   to unplugging everything in the house every night like your nan does.

Indeed there are a vast array of energy saving tricks that work and many that really don’t. Here, we take a look at the top five energy saving tips and dispel some of the myths around their effectiveness.

1. Does turning up the thermostat heat my home faster?

ANSWER: No, it doesn’t. Your thermostat is there to set the goal temperature, it doesn’t control the speed at which your house heats up. So have your optimum house temperature in mind and keep it there. Apparently, having your thermostat turned up one more degree could cost £75 over the course of a year!

2. Does putting cling film over your windows insulate the house better?

ANSWER: A little bit. Doing this is like home-made double glazing. Actually, anything that creates a sealed pocket of air between the inside and outside layers of glass will work. So using bubble wrap would be better as the air is already there – and if you stick it in your bathroom it’ll look like you’re going for a frosted glass finish. 

3. Do I lose most of the heat from my house through my windows and doors?

ANSWER: Nope. While you lose about 10 per cent of the heat from your home through the windows and doors, you actually lose 35 per cent of heat through poorly insulated walls. So if you’ve got the chance to stick in some cavity wall insulation then your home should keep the heat in longer.

4. Will leaving my TV on standby dramatically increase the cost of my energy bills?

ANSWER: When your parents used to lecture you about leaving the TV on standby back in the 90s there was a genuine reason. Leaving an old TV on standby all the time would have added £15 onto your yearly bill. But nowadays TVs have changed and LCD TVs are much more efficient. It is estimated that leaving your 32-inch TV on standby for a year would consume just 1.6W of power – which is a tiny amount. Smartphones, laptops and tablets use far more energy to charge up. 

5. Can I heat a room by getting more people in my house?

ANSWER: Yes. When all else fails, inviting loads of people round can heat your home. The average human body radiates about 100watts of energy per hour, or 250 to 400 British Thermal Units (not 25,000 BTUs as Morpheus claims in the Matrix). That’s equivalent to the heat of 19 matches according to Cornell University lecturers. So invite some friends around and it’ll be like warming yourself on a gigantic birthday cake. But safer. Depending on the friends.

There you go. Five top tips for saving energy in your home. And while (almost) all of them could help, the real change comes through being able to control what you spend and how you use energy.

Take a look around the Powershop website and understand how we’re different to the rest.

– we offer you control over how much electricity you need. The Powershop app is designed to give you control buy getting deals on electricity ahead of needing it, taking advantage of savings and monitoring your own energy use and spending on the go.

Other online tools such as the Power Organiser can help you see exactly how much electricity you are buying and how many days it is expected to last.

For more information on how to save electricity in your home without having to invite a load of  randoms around your house for a heat party or cling film your windows and doors, click here