7 easy ways to save yourself money in 5 minutes


With the lead up to Christmas well underway we all start to notice a little less change lying around in our pockets. With this in mind, we have pulled together seven energy saving hacks that will help you shave the pounds off your energy bills! 

1. Use a colder wash on the washing machine

When using your washing machine make sure you use a cold wash. Most washing machines and detergents these days are designed to operate efficiently and effectively at lower temperatures. Doing so will go a long way to reducing the energy consumption of your appliance.

2. Turn your thermostat down by one degree

Did you know that by turning your thermostat down just one degree you could save up to 3% on your heating bill? This relatively small change in the room temperature can have a slightly bigger affect on reducing your bill!

3. Boycott the bath

A typical shower uses only 20% of the energy of a full bath the home. With that in mind prioritise your use of the shower over a bath. Moreover, by shaving a few minutes off your normal shower length you can also reduce your consumption further.

4. Make the switch to CFL bulbs

You've been told it time and time again that CFLs are the way to go, but have you actually made the switch? Compact Fluorescent Lamps last up to x10 times longer than ordinary light bulbs and use up to 80% less electricity.

5. Fill your fridge/freezer

A full fridge/freezer uses less electricity than an empty or partially full one, so use the space you have. If you're shopping for a new appliance be sure to only buy one that is adequately sized for your requirements. Similarly, Don’t let frost build up in the freezer as this increases energy consumption. You should defrost the inside of your fridge and freezer at least every 6 months.

6. Stop leaving appliances on standby

Appliances like computers, printers, speakers, games consoles etc. use up to 20% of the electricity they would normally use (when fully on) when they are on standby. Use multi-socket adaptors to make it easier to switch off all devices at once. 

7. Switch to Electric Ireland

When you switch to Electric Ireland you get £50, that’s £45 for switching provider, £5 for opting to pay by direct debit and £5 for signing up for online billing – and best of all it only takes 5 minutes to complete.

Have you got some quick pound-saving hacks? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

You can find more energy saving tips from SEAI on their website.