Reducing energy usage and costs

Here are some great energy and money-saving tips.

  • Turn off lights (that have energy saving light bulbs!) when you leave the room.
  • If you turn the heating on, make sure you close the windows so heat doesn’t escape.
  • Turning your thermostat down by 1 degree can save up to £75 per year.
  • Stand-by buttons use electricity so make sure you turn electrical appliances completely off.
  • Unless you really need to wash clothes in hot water, use your washing machine’s coolest temperature cycle – and always put in a full load.
  • Rather than automatically filling the kettle each time you make a cup of tea, only boil as much water as you need.
  • Rather than tumble dry clothes, hang things on a clothes horse instead.
  • Water-efficient shower heads reduce the amount of hot water but can still feel strong.
  • Spending one minute less in the shower can save you up to £90 per year.
  • When you’re brushing your teeth or shaving, only turn the tap on when you need water – you can waste up to six litres a minute if you leave it running!
  • Don’t charge phones, etc overnight – make sure you unplug when devices are charged up.

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