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Saving energy - simple changes you can make

 

With fuel costs skyrocketing, there are many simple changes you can make in your home or business to make it more energy efficient.  Just follow our energy saving tips!

  • When buying appliances, always check energy ratings and choose an 'A' rated appliance whenever possible.
  • Always turn off all lights when leaving a room.
  • When using a tumble dryer, dry heavy clothes separately from light. Make sure you turn off the dryer once the clothes are dry.
  • When washing, make sure you use the lowest possible temperature setting. Make sure the washing machine is full before turning on a wash.
  • Don't leave electric blankets switched on for any longer than half an hour before going to bed. Switch them off just before going to bed.
  • If you only need light in a small area of a room, use smaller, localised lights rather than lighting up the whole room.
  • Always use energy saving lightbulbs.
  • Use energy efficient cooking devices such as microwave ovens, pressure cookers and insulated deep fat fryers.
  • When using the oven, try to make sure you are using it for more than one item at a time. Check the foods in the oven through the glass panel, avoid opening the oven door.
  • Only boil the amount of water you need in an electric kettle, but always ensure that the element is covered.
  • Use a toaster rather than the grill to toast bread.
  • Keep all light fittings, shades etc. clean and dust free to maximise the amount of light they emit.
  • Rather than leave it on constantly, use a timer on your immersion heater.
  • Always shower rather than bath - typically, a shower will only use one fifth the energy of a bath.
  • Set your computer to 'energy saving' mode - your monitor and hard disk should shut off after a period of inactivity.  If you know you are going to be away from your computer for more than an hour, switch it off.
  • Switch off your television rather than leave it standby mode.  A television in standby mode can still use up to half the energy it would use while switched on.
  • Defrost your fridge freezer regularly - a build up of ice and frost makes it inefficient.
  • Never leave the fridge door open and allow the temperature inside to rise.
  • Never place hot foods in the fridge, allow it to cool first.
  • Make sure all seals on your fridge and freezer door are tight fitting - the door should be able to hold up a piece of paper if you close it in the seal.
  • When cooking, place a lid on saucepans and lower the heat when water starts to boil.
  • Turn off electric hobs and use their residual heat at various points in the cooking process.
  • When buying a heater, ensure it has thermostatic controls, and that it is the right size for the room you intend to heat.
  • Use electric heaters sparingly, as they consume energy at the highest charge rate of electricity.
  • If you are only heating one room, use a space or storage heater rather than switching on the central heating.
  • Turn off central heating at night and if you are out of the house during the day.
  • Turn off the heating when you are leaving the house for more than a day.
  • Keep your heating system in good working order and service it regularly.
  • Don't set the temperature on your central heating too high - 20 degrees celsius is ideal, and every degree makes a difference to the amount of energy consumed.
  • 70% of the heat from an open fire goes straight out the chimney, making it an inefficient method of heating a room.
  • If a radiator is mounted under a window, installing a shelf or a protruding window board minimises the amount of heat lost out the window and redirects it back into the room.
  • Keeping doors closed will keep heat in a room.  Don't leave doors open between heated and unheated areas of the building.
  • Keep curtains closed at night and ensure they don't hang over the radiators.
  • Make sure your hot water cylinder has a lagging jacket installed.
  • Insulating your attic can save up to 20% on your home heating bill.