Energy Saving Tips

Climate change is an issue that’s very relevant in today’s world. There’s lots of easy changes we can make to the way we use energy and water at home that all add up to reducing our carbon emissions. Here are some of our top tips for saving energy in the home.

Heating your home

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Time your heating

Avoid wasting energy by timing your heating to go off 30 minutes before you leave the house.

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Draw your curtains

Stop heat escaping through your windows during the evening or even if you’re out during the day.

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Control the temperature

Set your thermostat to 20-22oC (anything lower is a bonus) to make a big dent in your home’s emissions.

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Hot? Turn if off!

If your home gets too hot, don’t waste heat and energy by opening doors and windows. Instead, turn the heating off and remove any extra layers of clothing.

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Going home over Christmas?

If you’re leaving the house for days at a time, make sure to turn off the heating and unimportant electricals at the plug to save energy.

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Use a hot water bottle

Rather than use an electric blanket to make your bed nice and cosy, invest in a hot water bottle.

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Layer-up

Save energy by wrapping up warm in the house. Hoodies, socks and slippers all help to keep you snug.

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Avoid portable heaters

Only use an electric heater when it is needed. They can be expensive and carbon-intensive.

Being smart when cooking

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Use a toaster

Save energy by using a toaster rather than a grill to make toast.

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Put a lid on it

Save energy by putting a lid on your saucepan. They’ll heat a lot quicker, so you’ll eat a lot sooner!

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Leave the oven open

After cooking, leave the oven door open and let the excess heat circulate around the kitchen.

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Fill the kettle with a cup

Save tons of water and energy by filling up the kettle using a cup of water for each brew you’re making.

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Use the microwave

These use a lot less energy than cooking in the oven or on the hob. Bonus = they cook a lot quicker too!

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Boil water with a kettle

Save energy + time when boiling water in a pan by using a kettle, saving the hob from all the work.

Appliances around the home

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Turn it off!

Reduce your CO2 emissions by getting into the habit of turning everything off at the plug socket.
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Charge + unplug

Unplug your devices once they’re at 100%. Electric is still used even when devices are fully charged.

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Fill your washer

Always put a full load into the washing machine and wash at 30oC to save energy.
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Fill up your freezer

The fuller your freezer is, the less energy is needed to keep it cool. 

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Close the fridge door

It can take 3 energy-intensive minutes for a fridge to cool down for each minute it’s open.

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Reduce screen brightness

Reducing your screen brightness to 70% can save up to 20% of the energy your device uses.

Shopping for groceries

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Don't buy cut flowers

We spend billions on imported flowers, causing a huge carbon footprint as they’re flown in. Grow your own instead.

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Buy in bulk

Save money and reduce emissions by buying your everyday items in bulk. Why not share with your housemates?

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Reuse, reduce, recycle

Stop wasting money on single-use plastics. Invest in reusable bags and bottles to help eliminate waste.

Using water in the home

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Brush on, tap off

When brushing your teeth, don’t leave the tap running.

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Use a low flow shower head

Showers take energy to heat the water. Invest in a low-flow shower head to save water AND energy.

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Take shorter showers

Aim for 5 minutes and save over double the volume of water used in a standard bath.

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