With increasing focus on the environment and our own individual carbon footprints, we’re all aware that we have a part to play in protecting our planet, the animals and wildlife. Reducing our energy usage is just one way of helping to safeguard our future and the bonus is that it saves us money too!
Here are our 20 top tips for saving energy:
1. Take a shower. Having a shower rather than filling up a full bath uses significantly less water. This in turn saves on energy by using less hot water too.
2. Don’t flush the toilet unnecessarily. The toilet is not a bin! Don’t be tempted to blow your nose, throw the tissue in to the toilet and flush. Save the water and put it in the bin instead.
3. Turn off the tap. It seems like an obvious one but it’s still very common for people to leave the tap running whilst they brush their teeth. It’s also a good idea to make sure all taps are tightened up and are not leaking.
4. Wash fruit and vegetables in a bowl of water. Rather than rinsing a large amount of fresh food under a running tap, fill a small bowl with water to use instead.
5. Only boil the water you need. When you boil the kettle, only fill it with as much water as you need.
6. Make use of washing machine cycles. Many washing machines have specific programmes that will help save water and energy such as an Economy wash or Half Load options. Use these wherever possible.
7. Wash at 30°. Washing at a lower temperature for any items other than heavily soiled will be just as effective and will save a significant amount of energy.
8. Don’t tumble dry for the full cycle. If the weather allows, hang washing out to air dry and then finish it off in the tumble dryer. If the weather is being unkind, use the dryer until the washing is almost dry and then hang up where possible to air dry.
9. Cook in batches. This is a great tip for saving energy, money and time! Spend a few hours once a week preparing healthy meals. Separate them into containers and put in the fridge or freezer to heat up when needed.
10. Leave the oven open after cooking. If it’s safe to do so, leaving the oven open once you’ve finished cooking which will prevent the heat going to waste.
11. Use glass or ceramic dishes. Metal baking trays don’t hold the heat as well as glass and ceramic dishes so use them wherever possible in the oven.
12. Don’t obstruct radiators. Ensure the warm air has a clear path in to the room by removing curtains and furniture from in front of it.
13. Switch off radiators. If you have rooms that are not used or only used occasionally, turn the radiators off in those rooms.
14. Eradicate draughts. Check for draughts around windows, doors and skirting boards. If you are able to seal them then do so otherwise use draught excluders.
15. Wear another layer. Another obvious one but rather than turn the heating up when you feel the chill, simply put another layer of clothing on.
16. Close blinds and curtains. Ensure all blinds and curtains are closed in the evenings to contain all the warmth.
17. Use blankets. There’s nothing cosier on a chilly evening than curling up on the sofa under a blanket. You may find you have no need to have the heating on at all if you do.
18. Switch off. We all know we should switch non-essential appliances off when they’re not in use, but did you know that leaving a socket switched on with a charger cable plug plugged in, even when it’s not attached to a device, could be using energy?
19. Bulbs. Use energy efficient bulbs wherever possible.
20. Put exterior lights on timers. If possible, use timers for exterior lights so that they only come on at certain, necessary times. Alternatively, you can use motion sensors which will even further cut the energy used.
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