Energy Saving Tips
Wait until you have enough clothes before you do a load of washing or use the half load button if your washing machine has one. Same applies for Dishwashers! One full load uses less energy than two half loads.
Invite friends and neighbours round to watch the big sporting event - that way you will have more atmosphere and it will save on CO2
Turn your thermostat down or, if you have a timer, set your heating and hot water to only come on when you need them. Reducing the heating temperature by as little as 1°C could lower your heating bills by up to 10%
Close curtains at dusk to prevent any heat escaping through the windows, also consider draught excluders for any gaps at the bottom of doors.
Turn it off
Always turn off lights when leaving the room
Try to avoid leaving appliances on standby and always turn off mobile phones and laptop chargers as soon as they have charged.
Turn on a printer or scanner when the whole document is ready, a printer that is switched on all the time consumes up to 90% of energy even when it’s on ‘standby’.
Save energy on your lighting
Use energy saving lightbulbs, they can last up to ten times longer than your average lightbulb - reducing energy and saving you money.
When buying new white goods remember that A++ is the best energy class for energy effiiciency.
Fridges use the least amount of energy at temperatures of 4-7C°and in the case of the freezer -18°C. Lowering the temperature by even 1°C causes a significant increase in energy consumption.
Defrost your freezer, a few millimetres of frost can cause up to twice as much energy consumption.