How to lower your energy consumption at home - Today FM
Daragh Cassidy appeared on Today FM to discuss easy ways consumers can reduce their energy consumption at home.
Listen back to the interview above or read the main points below.
How to use less energy
- The fridge: This runs all day, every day and can cost around €10-14 a month to run. Never to put hot food straight into the fridge or freezer as it takes more energy to cool it down. As well, try not to leave the door open too long.
- Washes: around 80% of the energy your dishwasher or washing machine uses is to heat the water. Try to go for cooler washes or eco washes as much as possible.
- The thermostat: Try to turn down the thermostat as much as possible, maybe to 20°C. This is one of the biggest things you can do.
- Energy-efficient appliances: If your appliances are due an upgrade, try to purchase more energy-efficient ones. These appliances will pay for themselves after a year or so. You can learn about the new energy-efficient labels on appliances here.
- Use energy at off-peak times: If you have a NightSaver meter or a smart meter, try to avoid using energy at peak times, such as between 5 and 7 PM.
Switch to a cheaper energy supplier
One of the quickest and easiest ways to save on your energy bills is to switch supplier. You can use our free energy price comparison tool to compare deals from Ireland's main energy suppliers against your current plan.
To find out how you can switch gas and energy suppliers on bonkers.ie, read our energy Quickstart Guide.