Saving Energy at Home
- 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.
- On your next trip to the supermarket, remember to bring your own carrier bags.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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