User Energy Efficiency

Some simple ways to save energy around your home:

Close your windows, doors and curtains at night to prevent heat escaping from you living area.

Turn your thermostat down. Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10%.

Setting your heating to turn off one hour before you leave the house and have it come on just half an hour before your return will mean that the heat is not wasted on an empty property.

The thermostat on your water cylinder should be set at 60°C/140°F.

Switch off any lights that aren’t needed.

Switch appliances off at the wall when they aren’t in use.

Don’t leave appliances on to charge longer than needed. This not only saves energy but will also increase the life of the battery.

Only boil as much water as you need (ensure the min amount is in for an electric kettle).

When cooking use a kettle to boil water instead of heating a pan on the stove.

Preferably hang clothing to dry but if you do use a tumble dryer ensure clothes have been wrung out or spun first.

Whenever possible, fill up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher. One full load uses less energy than two half loads. Also there is no need to wash loads above 40°C these days as modern detergents are effective at lower temperatures.

Fix leaking taps and make sure they’re turned off properly.

Defrost your fridge and freezer regularly to keep them running efficiently. If they have a tendency to frost up check the door seal. If your fridge is next to a cooker or boiler, leave a good gap between them.

Turn your microwave off at the wall when not in use. Powering the clock can use more power than heating your food!

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