Heating and water
Try turning down your heating down by a degree or two…..
- Use your central heating timer to turn heating on and off, not the thermostat.
- Keep your radiators as clear as possible. For example, do not put a large chair in front of the radiator as it will absorb a lot of the heat.
- For properties with high ceilings, placing a shelf just above the radiator helps to deflect the heat into the centre of the room rather than going up to the ceiling.
- Put radiator panels behind radiators fixed to external walls to help reflect the heat back into the room.
- Use thermal or heavy curtains during the winter and close them at dusk. This will help stop heat escaping through the windows.
- Remove all draughts around the house to help stop the heat from escaping and save up to £25-£35 per year
- Fit double glazing to reduce heat loss through windows.
- Try to limit electric showers to 10 minutes or invest in a shower monitor to keep an eye on how much hot water you're using.
- Make sure the water immersion tank is insulated. This will help keep the water hot for a longer period.
Tea for two? Only fill the kettle with as much water as you need….
- Use just enough water to keep them covered when boiling any vegetables.
- Use the kettle to boil water for cooking, rather than heating a pan on the stove. Not only will this be more efficient, but it generally takes less time too.
- Always use the right size of pan for your cooking ring and put a lid on it. This will help save energy as it will cook quicker; insulate your pan!
- Make sure the gas flame only heats the bottom of the pan. This will help save gas and also stops the handle from getting hot and burning you.
- Make sure taps are fully turned off after use. This will help save both water and gas.
- Instead of the oven use a microwave or a pressure cooker, they should cook food quicker.
- If you do not use the clock on your microwave turn it off when not in use.
Fridge and freezer
- Putting hot food in the fridge is a big no-no. It wastes energy and is bad for your fridge. So just let it cool naturally first then put it in your fridge.
- Keep your fridge at the energy efficient temperature of around 3°C to 5°C.
- Load and unload your fridge as fast as possible. Don't leave the fridge door open for longer than you need to.
- Defrost your fridge or freezer on a regular basis to help prevent an unwanted build up of ice.
- Keep fridges and freezers away from cookers and direct sunlight.
If you can, do the week's washing in one go and put a full load into the machine. And if you've got an eco function, put that on….
- Use an economy programme on your washing machine whenever it is possible.
- If the weather is fine, dry your laundry outside instead of using the tumble dryer.
- As tempting as it is, don't dry clothes on the radiators. It makes your boiler work harder than it needs to and will cost you a lot more money.
- Keep filters clean in your tumble dryer.
Turn the lights out. If you leave a room, or don't need the lights on, flick the switch and turn them off - even if you've got energy saving light bulbs….
- Use energy saving light bulbs. They last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs, and using one can save you around £35 over the lifetime of the bulb.
- Ensure all electrical appliances are turned off at the plug when not in use. Some items can still use energy when plugged even if the appliance has been turned off.