When the warmer weather arrives, we start thinking about emptying and cleaning pools and hot tubs. If your pump is an older model, think about water pump replacement, which will make the job much easier. An energy-efficient pump will also make a big difference in your fuel bills. When you’re considering water pump replacement, you might want to think about an electric submersible pump. Instead of taking hours to empty or fill your pool, a modern pump can do the job really quickly.
Let’s look at a dozen other energy-saving hacks you can use around the home.
More energy-saving hacks
1 – Cooking: It’s ironic that TV chefs show us thrifty recipes that involve cooking cheaper cuts of meat for a long time in the oven. The amount of fuel used to cook means you might as well have bought steak. Remember that stews and casseroles can be cooked on top of the stove with far less energy use. Just make sure that your cooker plate will go down low enough to keep the food bubbling gently without it sticking to the bottom of the saucepan.
2 – Standby: As annoying as it is when your TV decides to switch itself to standby of its own accord, you can reduce the amount of energy used by all those clocks, lights, LEDs and so on. Just get into the habit of switching stuff off at the wall at night.
3 – Turning the thermostat down just one or two degrees can hugely reduce the amount of energy you’re using.
4 – Changing your energy provider won’t save energy but it really can save money. If you’re older, remember that some energy companies rely on older customers not questioning the tariffs that they’re on. Don’t let them take you for granted; change suppliers. You may get a better deal just for suggesting it.
5 – Is the freezer earning its keep? Do you really need your freezer? Some people store food for an emergency, such as frozen milk and ready meals. Could you replace these supplies with tinned products and long-life milk? Lots of people are under the impression that a freezer doesn’t use much energy. It doesn’t from minute to minute, but it’s on day and night, 365 days a year, so it contributes more to your energy bill than you may realise. Very organised types who cook large amounts of food and freeze it for later, or those who buy special offers in bulk and freeze them, are the ones who are probably saving money and making the freezer worthwhile.
What about the other appliances?
6 – Dishwashers are great, but they have to heat up water electrically and then use energy to rotate the washing arms and spray water. Consider washing large items like saucepans by hand if they’re not heavily soiled. That way, you might be able to run the dishwasher every other day.
7 – You can lower the temperature of your usual wash to 30 degrees. If you have pets or bio stains, you may want to use an anti-bacterial in the wash.
8 – Do you really need to use a tumble drier? If you’ve got any outside space, you can get in tune with nature. If it’s a sunny or windy day, that’s when you should do your washing so that you can peg it out on the line. You get lovely, fresh-smelling clothes and can do away with artificial laundry fragrances.
Keeping rooms warm – and cool
9 – Loft insulation needs to be a good 10 inches deep. If you find your downstairs rooms are warm but the bedrooms are still not as warm as you’d like, it’s probably because heat is escaping through the roof.
10 – You can use doors, blinds and curtains to keep heat in during the winter months. If you’ve got a large expanse of glass, try curtains with thermal linings, which will insulate the room.
11 – You can use the same trick to cut down your use of fans and air conditioners in the summer. Close the curtains and open the windows. Heat will rise and go out of the windows, but the sun won’t be able to heat the room up.
That brings us back to water pump replacement. Whether it’s a hot tub, a pool, a water feature or a utility pump, a new model is one of the most effective energy-saving choices you can make.