Energy saving tips

energy saving logoUse the following tips to help save the planet and to save you some cash.

No-cost energy saving tips

  • Pull the curtains at dusk to keep the warmth in.
  • Adjust curtains or blinds during the day to let in as much light as possible.
  • Don’t over fill kettles - put in only as much water as you need.
  • Put lids on saucepans.
  • Choose the right size pan for the food and the cooker.
  • Turn off the lights when you leave the room.
  • Always put the plug in your basin or skin. Don’t leave hot water running.
  • Don’t leave appliances on standby.
  • Don’t leave the fridge door open for longer than necessary.
  • Fix leaking taps. In just one day a dripping hot water tap can waste energy and enough water to fill a bath.
  • Try turning the central heating room thermostat down by 1°C. This could cut your heating bills by up to 10 per cent.
  • If you can’t use a half-load or economy setting, always wash a full load in your washing machine.
  • Use a 30°C programme on your washing machine. Most fabrics can be cleaned at this temperature.
  • Don’t put really wet clothes in the tumble dryer. Wring or spin them first.

Low-cost energy saving tips

  • Use low-energy light bulbs where you can, especially in rooms where you leave lights on for longer periods.
  • Eliminate draughts around external doors. Fix a brush or PVC seal around doors.
  • Make sure the hot water cylinder has a properly fitted jacket. The British Standard is at least 75mm (3") thick.
  • Ensure the hot water pipes are insulated to stop heat escaping.
  • Fit a nylon brush seal or spring flap to letter boxes and put a cover on the keyhole.
  • Fill gaps in floorboards and under the skirting board by using newspaper, beading, or sealant.
  • If you don’t have central heating, make sure your heaters are the right size for your rooms. If possible, choose a heater with a thermostat.

Choosing new appliances

When buying new appliances choose the most efficient product you can afford. Check their energy ratings. A-rated is the most efficient and G-rated is the least.