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Home Energy saving tips

28 August 2020

We’ve put together these simple energy saving tips to help you optimise the energy you use at home and help the planet a little bit more.

  1. 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. 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.
  4. Take showers rather than baths. Don’t spend hours in the shower.
  5. 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.
  6. Dust and vacuum your radiators. Layers of dust stop heat from flowing freely.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Don’t leave your devices on stand-by. Turn it off at the switch.
  12. Keep your fridge and freezer full – a full fridge requires less energy to keep cold as the items inside maintain the temperature.
  13. 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.
  14. With the warmer weather creeping in, air dry your clothes where possible.
  15. Open your windows instead of using the extractor fan.
  16. Don’t leave the fridge door open whilst you are unloading your shopping.
  17. Only run the dishwasher when it is full. Half a load requires the same amount of energy and hot water.
  18. Turn off lights if you are leaving a room, unless you are coming back.
  19. Turn your computers off rather than leaving them on screen saver mode.
  20. Take you chargers out of the wall sockets as the use energy regardless of if they are being utilized.
  21. If you are cooking something from frozen, try plan in advance so as to avoid wasting energy on defrosting it in the oven.
  22. When your device is fully charged, plug it out.
  23. If you’re getting 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.