Energy-Saving Tips

Tips for Saving Energy at Home

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If you can, wash your clothes at 30-40°C to save money. The vast majority of the energy used by a washing machine is spent on heating the water.

By reducing the temperature on your thermostat by 1°C, you could save up to £60 per year, according to

You may find that keeping your heating on a lower temperature for longer could save you more money on your energy bills than switching it on high and turning it off.  

You may be able to turn the heating down if you wear a few more layers around the house and use an extra blanket during colder nights.

Plan Ahead

Boil enough water for your needs: i.e. don't fill the kettle to make one cuppa or repeatedly boil small amounts of water if you can heat up all you need at once.

If you keep your fridge or freezer fuller it will use less energy as it will not have to work as hard.  

Save energy by matching the pots you use on your cooker to the size of the ring and the amount of food you are cooking. Don't use a small pan on a large ring or use a large pan to cook a small amount of food.

Use Free Stuff!

Don't tumble dry your clothes to a crisp, especially if you can hang them on the washing line in warm or windy weather.

Air-dry your laundry rather than tumble drying it, particularly if the weather is warm or windy.

Conserve Energy

Do not leave appliances on standby or plugged in when not in use.

Don't fully tumble dry your clothes - they will be easier to iron and use less energy if you do.

Use the sun to heat your home by fully opening blinds and curtains on sunny days.

Use cooler water to pre-rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.

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