Using less energy
What are the best energy saving tips?
The savings illustrated here are from the Energy Savings Trust.
- Turn off lights when you don’t need them.
- Fit energy saving light bulbs as they last longer than ordinary light bulbs – this could save £30 a year.
- Turn off TVs, PCs, and games consoles from the plug socket. Don’t use standby as this uses energy – this could save you £35 a year.
- Where possible buy home appliances rated ‘A’ or higher. These use less energy and will save you money.
- Wash your clothes at no more than 40 degrees. Any higher is a waste of money.
- Defrost your freezer regularly to keep it working efficiently.
- Speak to your energy supplier about getting a Smart Meter installed to watch your usage.
- Only boil the water you need in your kettle.
- Wash clothes at a lower temperature.
- Turn radiators down using TRVs (thermostatic radiator valve). It’s better to have your home heated consistently at a lower temperature than inconsistently at a higher temperature. Turning down your thermostat by one degree could save £55 a year.
- When your heating is on, close windows and doors. This allows you to use the minimum amount of energy it takes to heat your home.
- Fix any dripping taps or leaks to make sure you don’t pay for water you don’t need.
- Take a shower rather than a bath. This uses far less water.
- Place a hippo/cistern bag in the cistern to reduce the amount used when you flush.
- Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
- Wash your vegetables in a bowl and use the left-over water to water your plants
- Use a bowl to wash up rather than running the tap.