Reduce your energy use and save the planet
Practice Makes Perfect
Saving energy is good for the environment and for your pocket. There are lots of ways to save money by making small changes that you can put in to practice straight away. Here are our top ten tips for saving energy and money:
- Boil a kettle with only as much water as you need.
- Cover pots and pans when cooking – they will boil a lot quicker.
- Defrost your freezer regularly and avoid putting hot food in the freezer.
- Emerging research shows that using a microwave rather than a conventional oven to heat up a small amount of food may save you energy.
- Washing clothes at 30°C can be just as effective for a normally soiled load.
- Run your washing machine or dishwasher with full loads.
- Avoid tumble drying – dry clothes outdoors or on indoor dryers when possible to save money and energy.
- Turning your central heating down by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10%.
- Turn down your immersion heater temperature by 1°C – you’ll save energy and you’re unlikely to notice the difference.
- Use energy efficient light bulbs – if every UK home installed three of them, it would save enough energy to power all of our street lights.
- Insulate lofts and cavity walls.
- Draft proof windows and doors – don’t forget the letter box as well.
- Consider double glazing.
- Make sure that there is nothing in front of radiators that will absorb the heat from them. And put radiator panels behind radiators fitted to external walls to reflect heat back into the room.
- Insulate hot water cylinder and hot water pipes. Set thermostat on cylinder to no more than 60°C (140°F)
- Turn off appliances that you’re not using rather than leaving them on standby.
- Don’t put hot food in a fridge or freezer, and keep them defrosted. Don’t put fridges and freezers close to a radiator.
Further information is available from the Energy Saving Trust http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/
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