These energy saving tips are free, will make a difference and could be a bit fun around the house....
In the Kitchen.....
1. More time at home means more cups of tea - If you’re boiling the kettle, make sure to put in only the amount of water that you need.
2. Eggs for lunch? Turn the heat off early and let the egg finish cooking in the residual heat.
3. When you’re cooking on a hob, make sure the saucepan is the same size as the heating element. More heat will reach the pan, and less will be wasted.
4. If you’re cooking in the oven, don’t keep opening the oven door to check things, as you’ll let heat escape each time.
5. Keep your fridge and freezer full – a full fridge requires less energy to keep cold as the items inside maintain the temperature.
6. Defrost frozen food in the fridge. Not only is it more hygienic to do so, but the frozen food will keep the temperature of the fridge cool.
7. Open your windows instead of using the extractor fan.
8. With some extra time at home during this period, it might be a good time to pull the fridge out and give the coils at the back a hoover, to allow for a more efficient run.
9. Don’t leave the fridge door open whilst you are unloading your shopping in there.
10. Only run the dishwasher when it is full. Half a load requires the same amount of energy and hot water.
11.If you are cooking something from frozen, try plan in advance so as to avoid wasting energy on defrosting it in the oven.
In the Living Room....
12. One of the best ways of conserving energy is to turn down the thermostat on your heating. If you feel a bit chilly, just put on an extra sweater or stand up and do an exercise to get the temperature up.
13. Keep curtains and blinds open during the day to let the warmth of the sunshine into your home. Close them at night to keep the heat in and the cold out. Challenge your kids to see who can open/close the blinds the fastest each day.
14. Dust and vacuum your radiators. Layers of dust stop heat from flowing freely.
15. Dust your light bulbs. The dust reduces their intensity, which could encourage you to buy higher-wattage bulbs than you actually need, or, if you’ve got dimmer switches, to keep the lights brighter than necessary.
16. If you spend most of the time in one room, it might make sense to use a portable heater in that room rather than switching on the heating for the whole house or section the heating.
17. Now that we are all at home more throughout the day, set a TV curfew/time frame. This avoids the TV being on all day with no one watching it.
18. If you are using this extra time at home to get some DIY done, when it comes to repainting, use satin or semi – gloss paint on your walls. It reflects light better so you can use a lower wattage bulb.
In the Utility Room....
19. Unless something’s really dirty, select short, low-temperature cycles when you’re using your dishwasher or washing machine.
20. If you have a tumble dryer, clean the lint screen after each load. As with filters, a clogged line screen means your dryer will be less efficient and take longer to dry your washing.
21. With the warmer weather creeping in, air dry your clothes where possible.
In the Bathroom..
22.Turn off lights if you are leaving a room, unless you are coming back.
23. Take showers rather than baths. Don’t spend hours in the shower.
24. Don’t leave the tap running while you’re cleaning your teeth, shaving or washing. A running tap wastes more than six litres of water a minute.
In the Bedroom / Home Office....
25. Turn your computers off rather than leaving them on screen saver mode.
26. Don’t leave your devices on stand-by. Turn it off at the switch.
27. Take you chargers out of the wall sockets as the use energy regardless of if they are being utilized.
28. When your device is fully charged, plug it out.