Here are our top tips for saving energy. There’s loads of other things you can do though – just think about all the energy you use in one day and just try to reduce it little by little

Switch Off Lights and Appliances


Whilst most people are already pretty good at switching lights and gadgets off it’s always worth a reminder! Don’t forget those bedside lamps, fairy lights and bathroom lights too. Switching off your plugs at the socket is a great way to stop ‘energy vampires’ that use energy in standby or sleep mode.


Put a Lid on it


Putting a lid on your saucepan reduces the amount of energy required to cook your food by up to 90% AND cooks your food quicker.


Don’t overfill the kettle


Don’t waste energy or your time by overfilling the kettle with more water than you need. 200ml is plenty of water for a single cuppa and it’ll boil in no time.


Put a Layer On, Not the Heating


When things get chilly, instead of turning up your radiator just put on a jumper or an extra layer. A jumper can add a whopping 3 degrees celsius of warmth to your body. If your halls run a little hot, make sure you’ve turned down the radiator (if you can) before opening a window.

And the rest!

Of course there’s much more you can do than just the four actions above so if you’re feeling adventurous, why not give these a go:

  • Open your curtains during the day to let in sunlight/heat and close them (behind the radiator) when the sun goes down
  • If your heating is on, don’t leave your windows wide open
  • Take short showers (saves water too!)
  • Wash your clothes at 30 degrees
  • Cook together – saves energy, money and is nice and sociable too
  • Don’t use the cooker to heat your kitchen – it also reduces the chance of 3am fire alarms!
  • Close the fridge door when possible
  • Allow your food to cool down before putting it in the fridge/freezer so it cools naturally first
  • Defrost your freezer when you get a build-up of ice – it makes it run more efficiently