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How Green Is Your Home? Want to stop wasting energy but don’t know where to start? This leaflet contains our top 40 easy tips to help you save energy and money. Why save energy? It’s good for your wallet. Saving energy means you are saving money. With the ever increasing price of fuel and the cost of electricity nearly doubling since 2002, there has never been a better time to be more energy efficient. It’s good for the Environment. Cutting unnecessary wastage or use of energy reduces your carbon footprint. Most carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases which are harmful to our planet are released during energy generation. Energy Saving Tips There are lots of ways to use energy more efficiently at home. Most cost nothing, some cost a little – but together they could save you a lot of money on your energy bills.

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Lighting

1.Turn off any lights you don’t need, but do make sure you have enough lighting on stairs and hallways. 2. Keep your lampshades and bulbs clean, they give out less light if they are dirty. Darker lampshades give out less light, so use lighter shades to make the most of the energy. 3. Fit lower wattage or energy efficient bulbs wherever possible. They use less than a quarter of the energy of traditional bulbs and create the same amount of light. This gives considerable savings over the lifetime of the bulb. 4. Spotlights and external flood lights are more expensive to run than other lighting, so avoid leaving them on for long periods. 5. Fluorescent tubes give out more light and are the best choice for kitchens.


Heating

8. If you are cold, put on an extra layer of clothing before you turn the heating up. An extra jumper or a pair of socks could make all the difference and save you money. 9.

Hanging thermal curtains or adding a thick lining to your existing curtains can help keep the heat in.

10. Use the right tog duvet to avoid using heating overnight. Get a lower tog for the summer and a higher one for the winter.

6. Turn your heating thermostat down and save on your energy bill. The recommended temperature is 18°C. Use timers and programmers to make sure that the heating and hot water are only provided where and when you need them.

11. Why not try a hot water bottle instead of an electric blanket? It’ll be cheaper, safer and will still keep you warm. 12. Get some extra blankets and keep them near to the bed to put on if you feel cold during the night.

13. Aim to take a shower rather than a bath. A five 7. Use thermostatic radiator minute shower will save valves (TRVs) to control the approximately 60 litres of temperature of the heating water compared to filling an in the rooms that you are average sized bath and save using. Rooms not in use should be heated occasionally lots on water heating costs. to avoid condensation and 3 mould growth.


Washing

17. Whenever possible, dry your washing outside, don’t hang your washing over radiators as you will cause condensation and use more money in heating. 18. If you use a tumble dryer, spin your clothes first. They’ll dry in the tumble dryer more quickly. 19. Make sure the filters in your tumble dryer are fluff free. 20. Avoid piles of ironing by lowering the thermostat on your tumble dryer and hanging or folding your clothes as soon as the cycle has finished.

14. Always try to put a full load of washing into your washing machine or tumble dryer. 15. Save energy by washing at lower temperatures. Washing clothes at 30°C instead of a higher temperature can use around 40% less electricity.

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16. Use economy programmes on your washing machine for small loads or washing which isn’t very dirty.


Cooking

23. Always use the right size of pan for your cooking ring. 24. Don’t keep opening the oven door while you are cooking. 25. Make toast in a toaster, not under the grill. 26. Use a microwave instead of the oven wherever possible, they’re quick, easy and economical to use. They’re not just for re- heating and defrosting, but for fresh food too. 27. Don’t forget to turn off the gas on the hob as soon as you have finished cooking and never use a gas cooker to heat the room.

28. Use pans that divide into 21. Only fill kettles with as much sections so you can cook several items at once. Try water as you need, but cooking big batches of food make sure there’s enough water to cover the element if all at once, it’s more energy you’re using an electric efficient to use all of the kettle. oven space available -freeze the food you don’t need 22. When cooking vegetables, that day. use just enough water to cover the food and put a lid on the pan to keep the heat in. Simmer instead of boiling; less steam means less need to ventilate the room, avoiding 5 condensation buildup.


Fridges and Freezers Other Appliances 33. TV’s, DVD’s and Hi-Fi’s use up to 90% energy instandby mode. Make sure they are turned off at the socket. Or use a power down device which will automatically turn them off when you switch off your appliances. 34. Try to buy ‘A’ rated appliances and switch them off at the wall when not 29. Don’t position your fridge or in use. You’ll be surprised freezer next to a cooker how much you save! It can or in the sun. Make sure air be a little more expensive can circulate around the but by buying a highly back of your fridge or efficient appliance, you freezer and keep the back will save money and energy in the long run. Look out dust free. for the energy rating labels. 30. Load and unload the fridge as quickly as possible. Don’t 35. Towel dry your hair so you don’t have to use your leave the fridge door open hairdryer as much. for longer than you need to. 36. Try not to leave phones or 31. Never put hot food in a other items charging fridge or freezer. Let it overnight. A few hours are cool first. usually all that’s needed. 32. Defrost your fridge or freezer regularly to keep it working efficiently. Ice should never be more than a quarter of an inch (6mm) thick around the ice box and make sure the door seals 6 work effectively.


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