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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

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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

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

 

Don’t overfill the kettle

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

 

Put a layer on, not the heating

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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 why not give these a go:

  • Open your curtains during the day to let in sunlight/heat and close them when the sun goes down
  • 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 and freezer door as soon as you’ve got your food out
  • 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
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