Energy Saving Tips

Energy Saving Tips

Energy Saving Tips

Heating and Hot Water

  • Turning the thermostat down by 1% could cut your heating bills by up to 10%
  • Always make sure you turn your taps off properly - in one day a dripping hot water tap can waste enough energy and water to fill a bath
  • Only boil as much water as you need
  • Always put the plug in or use a bowl in the kitchen sink
  • Water should be hot, not scalding - setting the cylinder thermostat at 60% (140F) could save you money

 

Lights

  • Always turn off the lights when you don't need them
  • Pull your curtains or blinds to let in as much light as possible
  • Use energy saving light bulbs

 

Washing Machines, Tumble Dryers and Dishwashers

  • When you buy a new appliance, read the energy label to make sure you get the most efficient
  • Always try to wash a full load - and if you can't, choose a half load or economy programme
  • Use a low temperature programme as this will usually wash clothes as well

 

Electrical Items

  • Don't leave appliances on standby or charge them for longer than you need to

 

Cooking

  • Choose the right size pan for the food and your cooker
  • Keep lids on when cooking
  • With electrical hobs the pan base should just cover the ring
  • With gas hobs the flames only need to heat up the bottom of the pan
  • Pressure cookers and microwave ovens are cheaper to run than a conventional oven or hob
  • Only heat the amount of water that you need
  • If you're using an electric kettle make sure you cover the element

 

Fridges and Freezers

  • Read the energy label when buying a new fridge or freezer to make sure you purchase the most efficient
  • Stand your fridge or freezer in the coolest place - leave a good gap between cookers and boilers
  • Don't leave the door open for longer than you need
  • Avoid putting hot or warm food straight into the fridge
  • Defrost your fridge regularly to keep it running efficiently and cheaply
  • If your fridge frosts up quickly, check the door seal