In recent years, the public has shown much more of an interest in saving energy, with sales of energy-saving bulbs, insulated lofts and solar panels increasing year after year. It’s absolutely fantastic that there’s currently a real interest in saving our planet, and saving some cash in the process – but did you know that the majority of people are unaware of the biggest energy-wasting culprits in their homes?
For that reason, OVO energy, an independent energy supplier, has created this quiz for you to discover what’s guzzling energy in your home.
Think you know what’s causing the most energy waste in your home? With this quiz you’ll find out if you’re an Energy Saving Superstar or a Great Gas Gussler.
So how can we save energy, and the planet in the process?
There are loads of simple ways you can save energy in the home:
If you’re feeling cold indoors over the winter months, don’t go straight for the heating. Put a jumper or cardigan on instead to make you feel warmer, and try to only use the heating for a couple of hours a day. We find that an hour in the morning before work, and an hour before bed is a great way to make sure you’re warm when you need to be!
Don’t leave things charging longer than necessary
It’s really easy to put things on charge, only to forget about them for a couple of hours. But did you know that this is wasting energy and increasing your bills? If you put your phone or iPad on charge, set the alarm for an hour later, so that you’ll hear it and you’ll remember to take it off charge.
Switch off lights in empty rooms
This is an essential part of saving energy in the home. Try to get into the habit of switching lights off whenever you leave a room, even if you know it will only be for a few minutes.
Run your fridge efficiently
Your fridge is one of the most expensive appliances in the home, so it’s important you run it efficiently. Ensure that the door to your fridge is always sealed tight when not in use, and remember that the ideal fridge temperature when the door is closed is around 4 or 5 degrees. If in doubt about how cold your fridge is, leave a thermometer in there for an hour or so to check the temperature.