Quick tips to take control of your household energy

By making some small changes in your home, you can make a big impact on the environment.

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28 Sep 2021

As part of the NEA Warm Homes Week we’re sharing some tips on how you can help the environment and reduce your energy bills.

With around 34% of the UK’s carbon emissions coming from our homes, as part of Thirteen’s Take Control campaign, we’re encouraging everyone to make better choices and reduce the negative impact on the environment. Whether that’s changing small habits in our daily lives to making bigger investments.

What uses the most energy in your home?

We’re all responsible for the energy we use in our homes. You can see below what uses the most energy.

  • Heating and Hot Water 40%
  • Electric Showers: 15%
  • Washer and dryer: 13%
  • Lighting: 10%
  • Refrigerator: 3%
  • Electric/gas oven: 6%
  • TV, DVD, cable box: 3%
  • Dishwasher: 2%
  • Hair dryer, vacuum cleaner, electrical appliances: 8%

Green renewable energy

As well as helping the environment, switching to renewable energy, can save you money.

Hundreds of Thirteen’s customers are already benefitting from green, cost effective heating systems in their homes, with renewable air source heat pumps being used to fuel the heating and hot water, instead of a traditional boiler. We’re continuing to provide more efficient ways of keeping our customer’s heating bills as low as possible and reducing our environmental impact as we work to achieve our goals to becoming a much greener organisation.

Top tips to save on energy 

  • Pull the plug when devices are not in use and don’t leave them on standby
  • Get a smart meter to track your energy usage
  • Turn off the lights when you leave the room
  • Use led lights and energy saving bulbs
  • Check your appliances - old and inefficient ones may use too much power
  • Only fill the kettle with the amount of water that you need
  • Keep the thermostat at a low temperature.

For more useful tips visit Quick tips to save energy at home and read about Thirteen’s Take Control campaign here.