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14 Energy Saving Tips For Your Home

Hannah Forbes, Head of Brand and Content Managment

By Hannah Forbes | First published: 5th April 2022

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Whilst trying to make more sustainable choices and now also facing unprecedented hikes in utility costs, we are all looking at ways to cut back on energy consumption. We thought it may be helpful to share some of our top energy saving tips when it comes to home and electrical appliances.

  • Switch off standby

    Significant energy savings can be realised by simply turning appliances off standby mode. Most appliances can be switched off at the wall without upsetting their programming. If you have any questions, our teams would be happy to advise. Generally speaking, unless you have a programme scheduled to record, your TV is best switched off in-between use.

  • Choose an LED TV

    We all know that switching to LED lightbulbs enables significant energy savings. Similarly, the latest LED televisions use two to three times less energy than plasma TVs.

  • Use the ambient light sensor where possible

    The brighter the TV screen, the more energy will be consumed. Most of our LED TVs now come with an ambient light sensor. This will automatically sense the amount of light in the room and adjust the brightness of the TV to ensure that the screen is never brighter than necessary. Ask our advisors if you do not know if this is activated on your screen.

  • Switch the radio screen to blank

    If you are using your TV to listen to the radio, switching the screen to blank will save electricity, and costs. Why waste energy lighting a screen you are not even watching?

  • Use suitable washing machines and fill them appropriately

    When looking to reduce electrical usage, it is important not to underfill machines so as to minimise loads as much as possible. However, be mindful of not overloading machines as that will reduce efficiency and potentially lead to you running extra cycles. Forbes’ advisors can help you choose the appropriate drum size for your household needs. Generally, washing machines should be filled to around 85% to enable efficient chemical dispersal and a thorough wash.

  • Use the highest possible spin speed

    The higher the spin speed that you use, the drier your washing will be at the end of the cycle. This reduces the drying time, enabling a more efficient process and reducing running costs.

  • Upgrade to an intelligent washing machine

    Forbes now rents washing machines that can sense the exact load requirements and ensure that the right amount of water and energy for the specific wash. Ask our advisors about which washing machines use intelligent technology to maximise efficiency.

  • Select a 30°C wash

    Choosing a lower temperature wash is better for the planet and better for your wallet. In fact, Which? testing found that washing at 30°C rather than 40°C uses 38% less energy. Lowering the temperature doesn’t mean you need to compromise on the clean. Unless you are washing really soiled items, modern washing machines can efficiently clean at lower temperatures. If you can’t find a 30°C or 20°C program, we can advise as to how you can manually reduce the temperature of a 40°C wash using the temperature controls.

  • Choose an i-DOS washing machine

    Bosch have now developed a washing machine that will automatically dispense the precise amount of detergent that your wash load requires. You can pre-load the detergent and integrated sensors will detect the load requirements and adjust the water and detergent accordingly. Eradicate guess work, eliminate waste, save time and ensure a precision wash every time.

  • Run a regular maintenance wash

    Maintenance cycles are vital for removing bacteria, scale, grease, dirt and odour from your washing machines. We recommend that you run machines through regular maintenance washes to ensure that they are operating at optimum efficiency. Our team can advise as to how regular these should be, which will depend upon your expected machine usage.

  • Ensure that your drying is as efficient as possible

    Whilst looking to minimise cycles, overloading dryers will lead to more creasing and poorer results, requiring longer drying times. It is also important to clean lint regularly as that will enable the load to dry more quickly, saving money. Another thing to be aware of is that opening the door mid-cycle reduces efficiency and results in longer, more costly drying cycles.

  • Fill your dishwasher

    Dishwashing using a modern dishwasher is actually more energy and water efficient than hand washing. However, you should only run your dishwasher when it if full. This will enable greater savings of both water and energy consumption. If you are a small household, you may find that it is more economical to have a slimline dishwasher. Our advisors can help you make the right choice for your home.

  • Use a kettle to boil water for cooking

    When cooking foods like pasta, it is quicker and more efficient to pre-boil the water in your kettle as opposed to on the hob. However, be mindful to never overfill kettles as it is a lot more efficient to only boil the water that you need.

  • Keep in-line with the latest technological advances

    When did you last upgrade your laundry appliances? Laundry technology is forever evolving and improving to give way to increased user and energy efficiency. If you haven’t upgraded your home or electrical appliances for a while, doing so could save your household a considerable amount of money, time and energy.

Remember that rental is a sustainable lifestyle choice that gives access to the latest technology without costly upfront payments and with an inclusive service support. If you have any questions concerning your rented home or electrical appliances, or how to improve efficiency at home, our teams would be happy to discuss. Please contact us.