Energy Saving Tips
Here are some helpful and handy tips to help save energy:
1) Keep the oven door shut as much as possible; every time you open it, nearly a quarter of the heat escapes
2) Give your clothes a day in the sun; and give your tumble dryer a break. Clothes dried in the fresh air feel great, and there are drying days in winter too.
3) Food in the oven cooks faster when the air inside flows freely, so avoid putting foil on the racks
4) Don’t leave your phone on charge all night. It only needs a couple of hours – and don’t leave the TV and other kit on stand-by
5) Be a friend to your freezer. Defrost it regularly to help it run more efficiently
6) Catch ‘em young. Encourage your children to switch off electric toys and lights that they’re not using. They’ll soon get the hang of saving energy
7) Dodge the draft! Fit draught excluders to your front door, letterbox and key hole, and draw your curtains at dusk to keep the heat in
8) When boiling water, only fill the kettle with as much as you’ll actually use (but make sure you cover the metal element at the base)
9) Buying a new TV, washing machine or dishwasher? Look out for the Energy Saving Trust ‘recommended’ logo, and remember: the bigger the TV, the more energy it’ll use.
10) Dimmer is smarter. Use your dimmer switches to reduce the amount of energy used to light your room
11) Wait until you have a full load before putting on a wash. Two half-loads use more energy (and water) than one full load
12) Sleep tight. Make sure all the lights are turned off when you go to bed, or use a low-wattage night light if you do need to leave one on
13) Turn your heating down by 1 degree. You’ll hardly notice the change in temperature, but it’ll make a big difference to your heating bill
14) Put your fridge in a good spot. Somewhere the air can circulate behind it, but not next to a cooker or radiator
15) New computer? Remember a laptop typically uses around 85% less energy than a new desktop PC.