A room-by-room guide to becoming more energy efficient, helping your household save energy and enjoy #SmarterLiving with Electric Ireland. Check out our tips below.


  • Only use the ventilation fan when needed and turn it off after use. Leaving it on for hours will only increase your electricity bill.
  • Switch out baths with showers: A shower typically uses 80% less energy compared to a full bath.
  • Don’t leave the hot tap running: Why not put a plug in the sink and use only the water you need so you avoid money going down the drain!



Living room

  • Switching your TV off at the plug every night – leaving your TV on when you’re not watching can use 20% of your household energy.

  • Don't let your curtains cover your radiators! They will absorb the heat and stop it from circulating around the room, making your heating bills more expensive.

  • Turn lamps or lights off when leaving the room to control consumption and use dimmer lights where you can.

  • Cover any unused chimneys to keep the heat in and the draught out.


  • Unplug that charger: Don’t charge your phone overnight even though it’s tempting, as this can consume a substantial amount of unnecessary energy.
  • Turn off your electric blanket: If using electric blankets, heat for a short period of time before getting into bed and then turn it off at the plug.
  • Invest in seasonal bedding: Using a thick and cosy duvet in winter will make you less reliant on your central heating.
  • Turning your thermostat down by just 1 degree while you’re warm and cosy in bed could help you save up to £60 per year.
  • Add a rug: If you don’t have carpet, a rug can act as a simple and cost-effective form of floor insulation, blocking draughts and keeping the space warm.




  • Use the right size pot for what you’re cooking; using a big pot for a small amount of food will take longer to heat up.
  • Use lids on pots This contains the heat and speeds up the cooking process.
  • Turn off the rings when the food is almost cooked, and the residual heat will finish the job.
  • Microwaves use less energy than the oven so ‘ping’ cook when you can.
  • Check the energy rating when buying a new appliance. We’d recommend spending a little more upfront on an A+++ rated appliance to save on electricity bills over time.

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