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Saving Energy at Home

General Household

  • Recycle your old Christmas cards: many supermarkets offer collection points and schools are collecting too. This avoids them going to landfill and can raise money for charity too.
  • Switch to energy saving light bulbs. Per year, they can save you £9 per bulb on your energy bill. If you think about how many lights you have in your home, it can save you a pretty penny.Lightbulb image.
  • On your next trip to the supermarket, remember to bring your own carrier bags.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appliances

  • Remember to turn your computer and monitor off before you go to sleep. This could also include printers, scanners and other IT equipment you may have at home.
  • Don’t leave your appliances plugged in. When they have finished charging, remember to take the plug out of the socket.
  • Turn all your devices and appliances off- do not leave them on standby.
  • Remember - the cheapest unit of electricity is the one you don't use, so don't switch on anything or leave anything on unless it's necessary.

 

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  • Keep furniture away from radiators. This will allow heat to flow around the room effectively.
  • Make use of the sun’s heat- open internal doors which get more sun than others and let the warm air travel through your home.
  • On sunny, breezy days, hang your clothes to dry outside instead of using a tumble dryer or your radiators.
  • Insulate your hot water tank and pipes to prevent heat from escaping. Together this could save you around £25 per year.
  • Draw your curtains when it gets dark to stop heat from escaping.
  • Make sure your cylinder thermostat is set to no higher than 60°C. This can save you around £15 a year.
  • Reducing your thermostat by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10% as well reducing your carbon emissions.
  • Take a shower instead of a bath. A typical bath can use over 100 litres of water, while a shower uses only about a third of that.

 

Kitchen

  • Only boil as much water as you need when boiling the kettle.
  • When cooking choose the right pan size and put lids on pans as the food will then cook a lot quicker
  • When defrosting food, or just warming things up, then microwave ovens are ideal as they use much less electricity than conventional ovens
  • Regularly defrost your fridge/freezer to keep it running efficiently
  • Check the seals on your fridge/freezer to ensure no warm air is getting in - the seals should be tight enough to hold a piece of paper securely when closed
  • Wait until you have a full load to use the washing machine, dryer and dishwasher.
  • When using the washing machine, turn the temperature down to a 30°C wash. Most modern washing detergents are still effective at this lower temperature unless you have very dirty washing. This could save you around £10 per year.Wash at 30.
  • For every minute a fridge door is open it takes three minutes of electricity use for the fridge to cool back down to its set temperature.
  • Find out if your local council collect food waste, if not then buy a composter from a garden centre and produce your own organic compost from your food waste.
  • Grow your own fruit and vegetables or buy local produce where possible.

 

 

For more information on saving energy, visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk (external link)

 

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