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Energy saving tips

Saving energy is good for the environment and saves you money.

Heating your home

  • Close your curtains when it’s dark. Tuck them behind radiators to keep heat inside the home.
  • Open your curtains on sunny days to let the sun heat your home.
  • Close doors to keep heat in each room.
  • Tumble dryers use a lot of energy. Dry clothes outside where you can. Avoid drying on radiators. Use a clothes airer in a well-ventilated room if you need to dry clothes indoors.

Reducing water usage

  • Washing machines use less water on an economy setting.
  • Dishwashers are expensive to run. Use only when full and on an economy setting.
  • Having a shower is cheaper than having a bath.
  • Fix dripping taps.
  • Do not leave water running. Use a plug or washing up bowl.
  • Boil only the amount of water you need.

Saving electricity

  • Turn off lights when they are not needed.
  • Unplug non-essential electrical items when not in use, such as chargers and the TV.

In the kitchen

  • Use pan lids and the correct hob size to minimise heat loss.
  • Keep fridge freezers away from heat. Keep the backs clear and free of dust to allow them to run efficiently.
  • Defrost your freezer when you notice a build-up of ice. How to defrost your freezer (Which?)

Last reviewed by Scope on: 24/03/2021

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