Energy saving ideas

  • Don’t use the remote to switch off the TV or stereo as leaving the appliance on stand-by still uses up electricity
  • In most homes about 10-15% of the electricity bill is for lighting. Always turn off the lights when you leave a room. Energy saving light bulbs will also cut your costs considerably - by as much as 80%!
  • Dropping the temperature of your wash when using the washing machine will significantly decrease energy consumption
  • Only use a washing machine when you have a full load and if you have to do a smaller wash, use the half load function
  • You can avoid using the dryer by line drying clothes whenever possible or using an indoor clothes airer when the weather is bad
  • If you do need to use the dryer, then ensure the clothes are as dry as possible after washing, e.g., they have gone through a fast spin so that there is minimum excess water, reducing drying time considerably
  • Unplug any chargers when not being used
  • Set computers to sleep/hibernate. The hibernate mode turns the computer off in a way that doesn’t require you to reload everything when you switch it back on. Allowing your computer to hibernate saves energy and is overall more efficient than shutting down and restarting your computer
  • Keep your printer turned off when not in use
  • When heating water only heat the amount needed and use the correct size pan
  • If only using a small pan, use a small burner. Boiling water in a kettle first will save the time the burner needs to heat the water and putting a lid on will help it come to the boil quicker
  • The location of your fridge is important to how energy efficient it is. Where possible make sure it is out of direct sunlight and not close to the oven
  • Make sure you defrost your fridge and freezer on a regular basis as ice build-up will make a freezer work harder therefore wasting energy
  • Only set your fridge as cold as you need it and avoid keeping the door open for long periods of time as the more cold air that escapes, the harder the fridge has to work
  • Never put warm or hot food into the fridge as it will have to work extra hard to try and keep cold
  • Aim to keep your fridge at least three-quarters full to maintain maximum efficiency.
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