Top 5 energy saving tips
Day & Night Energy
The number one way to save energy and lower your electricity bill is to sign up for the Day & Night Energy Plan with Iberdrola. The plan offers up to 50% off the standard rate for a unit of electricity for 14 hours of the day. Using your appliances wisely will knock euros off your electricity bill.
Conventional Storage Hot Water Tank
To use a timer or not to use a timer, that is the question! Whether it’s more economical to heat the water once a day or top up the heat as the temperature drops, something called “standby heat loss”. The current generation of water tanks are very well insulated and a full tank of hot water will hold a good temperature even when switched off for twenty four hours. Bright Sparks on Day & Night Energy achieve considerable savings heating their water during the cheap rate times using a plug in timer.
Appliances fitted with heating elements are the number one guzzlers of electricity in, portable heaters being high up in the energy consumption stakes. When considering how to heat your home, choose heaters that take advantage of the cheap rate offered with Day & Night Energy, like the Gabarron night storage heater. With this type of heater you’re getting heat for half price.
After heating, refrigeration is next on the list for high energy consumption. For a low energy efficient system you need air conditioning units with an inverter. The inverter is used to control the speed of the compressor motor to allow continuously regulated temperature; it works on a principle like a thermostat with a brain. By contrast, traditional air conditioners regulate temperature by using a compressor that is periodically either working at maximum capacity or switched off entirely. When purchasing an air conditioning unit (plus any white goods) use the energy efficiency certificate on display to make comparisons. Generally, you will find the cheapest units are the least efficient.
Replace light bulbs with low energy lamps. To help spread the cost, let the bulbs complete their life circle, then replace them as they blow. LED lamps are the most efficient achieving 80-90% energy saving, followed by CFLs that offer 60-70%, then the new generation of halogen lamps that look similar to traditional light bulbs, offering 30-40%.