The cost of living in Ireland has continued to climb over the last few months and many households are experiencing increased energy bills.
Electricity providers like Electric Ireland and Bord Gais have announced price hikes that will come into effect very soon, so it’s becoming more important for households to be clever when it comes to energy usage.
The kitchen is home to some of the biggest culprits in the home when it comes to energy usage, such as ovens, fridges, washing machines and dishwashers.
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Luckily, there are a few simple tips to conserve energy and use it wisely to save money.
Use the right size of appliance for your needs
Kitchen appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers, fridges, kettles and cookers have become more energy efficient over the years, with the best models using less energy than 10 years ago. However, increases in size of the average fridge, freezer and washing machine drum have cancelled out some of the possible energy savings.
If you’re a single person or a small household, you may not need an extremely large fridge or washing machine, and you’re using unnecessary electricity by powering one. If you feel like your fridge is consistently half empty or you’re doing half loads in the washing machine, considering downsizing – it can save you money in the long run.
Don’t leave appliances on standby
While some things you have to leave on all the time, such as the fridge, your dishwasher, microwave, washing machine, tumble dryer and electric oven will all eat up electricity when left on standby. Try to get into the habit of turning them off at the plug to save energy.
Switch out your lightbulbs
Lighting the home typically accounts for a large…