7 energy-saving household hacks, according to cleanfluencers

Cut costs at home with these simple tips.

Turning your laundry temperature down, cleaning fridge coils and unplugging devices are among the best energy-saving hacks, Britain’s top cleanfluencers have revealed.

With energy costs soaring around the UK, many households are looking for clever tips and tricks to save. To help you reduce bills, some of the nation’s top cleanfluencers, brought together as the Shine Squad at the Clean & Tidy Home Show, have revealed what you can easily do at home. Keep reading for their advice…

1. Don’t let heat go to waste

Keeping warm at home is a top priority in freezing temperatures, but saving money and energy is just as important. According to Laura Williams (@cleaning_at83), you should trap the heat when drying your clothes on an indoor drier.

‘I stretch a king size sheet out from the radiator to hold the heat over a clothes rack, so none of the energy is wasted,’ explains Laura. If you don’t have a heated clothes drier, why not try this clever hack instead?

2. Take a traditional cleaning approach

If you want to cut down your electricity bills, try to be more efficient when using your cleaning appliances — and try to use them less. Whether it’s a vacuum cleaner or your powered mop, these can quickly rack up your energy usage.

‘Old-fashioned cleaning skills can squish those bills. A dustpan and brush will be fine for smaller jobs, while sustainable cleaners can make your floors sparkle without the need for scrubbing,’ experts from the Clean & Tidy Show say.


3. Opt for cold water

Cold water will do the job for most of your cleaning. While hot soapy water is advised for washing up, you can get away with using cold water when wiping surfaces, rinsing plates or washing clothes. In fact, when you wash your clothes on a cold cycle, you save money because you’re not spending as much on electricity to heat up the water.

‘You really don’t need hot water for everything, particularly for rinsing,’ explains Lucy, who runs the Instagram account, @cleanwithlucy. ‘There are washing powders available that give the best performance at 20°C, so they’re ideal for using less energy while keeping your clothes clean.’

4. Flush out filters

When did you last clean your washing machine or dishwasher filter? According to the experts, it’s recommended that you clean out filters every four months to remove any fur, food or fluff. A clogged washing machine, for example, could develop mould and mildew if it isn’t cleaned regularly.

5. Maximise your appliances’ potential

Cut costs at home with clever products and planning. Jennie from @hall_at_home suggests: ‘Most washing machines and dishwashers have an eco mode that might take longer but needs less energy overall, so they’re ideal if you don’t need your dishes or clothes straight away. Plus, tumble dryer balls can cut down drying time, and colour catcher sheets mean you can mix more clothes to make sure you always wash full loads.’


6. Clean fridge coils

Refrigerator coils help to cool your fridge, so when dirt and debris are in the way, they can’t efficiently release the heat. It’s a fairly quick task, and should be done at least once every six months.

‘Because coils are out of sight, it’s easy for them to get coated by a warm blanket of dust, making them less efficient. Temporarily turn off the fridge, so you can then safely use a telescopic duster to flush out the fluff,’ the team explain.

7. Turn off electrical appliances

Switching off a number of appliances around the house can be the simplest way to slash your energy bill. In fact, according to E.ON Energy, leaving your appliances on standby adds £35 to your energy bill every year. From the kettle to your computer, hit the switch off at the plug to save a pretty penny.

Sharon Own from the Instagram account, @a_welsh_spring_gleam, says: ‘If you don’t need it, don’t leave it on! All those different electrical appliances around the house soon add up if you’re not careful.’


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