Christmas time is often a time of extravagance and overindulgence. However, when it comes to the energy you are using in your home, you don’t need to be wasteful to be comfortable.
We have written this blog to help you find some simple ways to enjoy the festive period and have a good time, without being wasteful.
According to Yougov, the average family spends a staggering £159 on food and drink for christmas. All this food isn’t going to cook itself, and cookers and ovens are expensive to run. There are some simple tricks you can use in the kitchen to keep your energy use to a minimum.
Not only will it help you take the stress away from the big day, but cooking your food in batches can help you save energy too. Many of us will serve up festive dishes several times throughout the Christmas period. Prepare your food early and freeze it to be heated up later. This will save you time and energy.
When you are using your cooker it’s important to make sure you’re using the right size pan for the hob, and remember to keep the lid on it too. Oh, and don’t open the oven door every 5 minutes to see when the food is ready – it’ll only take longer to cook.
It’s also a good idea to invest in some energy-efficient christmas gadgets such as slow cookers and pressure cookers. These will help save energy in the long run. They make great gifts too!
We have yet to understand the light-generating capabilities of reindeer noses, so for the time being, we are stuck with the humble light bulb for our lighting needs.
However, this does not mean you need to continue using inefficient bulbs. Replacing your inefficient bulbs with LED’s, including your christmas lights too, could potentially help you save up to 85% a year on your lighting costs.
Many of us choose to light up the exterior of our homes with festive decorations. If you chose to do this, remember to make sure the lights on these are as efficient as possible. It’s probably a good idea to use a timer too, so they’re not running when you don’t need them too. It’s also worth mentioning that many external lights can now be bought with a built-in solar panel to generate their own energy throughout the day.
Gadgets Gadgets Gadgets!
Finding the perfect gift is an art few of us ever master. Technology is a go-to-gift that usually anyone is happy
to receive. What you don’t want to do though is give someone higher than expected energy bills. According to the Energy Saving Trust Choosing a laptop over a PC, for example, will lead to £17 year savings in standby energy, and they use as much as 85% less energy. Tablets are an even better choice and use a staggering 70% less energy than laptops!
TVs are another area you may need to think about – the bigger the TV the bigger the cost, Plasma TVs often cost more to run than their LCD or LED counterparts.
Cheaper bills to avoid the chills
Simply put – you shouldn’t pay more than you need to for your energy.
If you haven’t already, it’s important to get your application in for the Warm Home Discount. Many suppliers are beginning to close their applications due to huge demand. You can claim a £140 rebate from your electricity supplier towards your winter fuel costs if you meet the criteria. Find out more in our Warm Home Discount blog.
We can’t stress this enough, you should always compare energy tariffs and ensure you avoid a suppliers standard variable tariff (SVT) – these can cost as much as 35% more than a supplier’s cheaper tariff. You can save, on average, £280 by switching to a cheaper tariff. That’s as much as the average adult spends on Christmas gifts! If you’re looking to make a switch, Citrus Energy are an impartial, telephone-based switching service.
A few final bits…
If you’ve not already, check out our Advent Calendar – open a new door every day for a new tip to help you save energy and money.
Cosy Kingdom provides free and impartial energy advice home visits throughout Fife. We can help you find affordable and practical ways for you to save energy in your home. You can book a home visit on our booking form.
Sometimes people find that the Christmas and New Year period is really hard. Everyone else seems to be having a great time but you’re feeling worried or finding it hard to cope. It can be difficult to deal with extra stress and keep yourself well when other people are drinking and having parties. Often the places where you get support at other times of the year have shut up for the holidays. Fife Council have produced an excellent guide on where to source help.