Monday 18 December 2017

€350 per year -- what you can save on energy with simple tips

money Euros with lamp
money Euros with lamp

Aideen Sheehan Consumer Correspondent

HOUSEHOLDERS could save €350 a year on their energy bills by taking some simple measures that don't require any major investment.

Consumers are bracing themselves for further gas price hikes this autumn, but making a few changes at home could lessen the sting, according to new guidelines.

The energy regulator announced last week that smart meters to monitor energy and gas use will be rolled out to every Irish home over the next few years in a bid to reduce energy use. However, simple steps could achieve significant savings.

Turning down the thermostat by 1C could save around €100 per year, according to new calculations by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

Turning off appliances such as TVs, instead of leaving them on energy-sucking standby, could save you another €30.

Setting the heat to come on just half an hour before you get up and to go off half an hour before bedtime, would save you another €100 per year.

And ensuring washing machines, dryers and dishwasher are full before use could save you another €100.

Replacing four ordinary light bulbs with energy-efficient ones would save you €20 a year.

There are also big savings to be made by switching to A-rated household appliances that use less energy -- SEAI estimates they would save you €150 a year.

Families who took part in an experiment run by the SEAI saved between €282 and €920 a year.

Irish Independent

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