How to do your bit to save the planet!
Go green with your lightbulbs. If you can, try and use halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps and light-emitting diode bulbs as these last longer and are energy efficient.
Be more like Dad
Growing up, we’ve all heard our fathers say ‘just put a jumper on’ as he turned down the thermostat. Well, folks, he has a point. Think of how much energy you could save if you put on an extra jumper and some cosy socks and left the thermostat alone…
Consistency is key
It’s more energy efficient to leave your heating on for longer at a lower temperature than it is to have it on sporadically at a higher temperature for a shorter period of time.
Re-use the water for your hot water bottle
If you’re needing to re-heat your hot water bottle, instead of using freshwater, why not reuse what is already in your bottle?
Wash those money worries away:
Turn down the heat
The majority of energy used to wash your clothes comes from the cost of heating up the water. If you wash your clothes between 30-40 degrees, you’ll be saving a lot of money.
Hang it up
Instead of using your tumble dryer to dry your clothes, hang them outside or on a clothes horse.
How to be efficient in the kitchen:
Have a baking day!
If you use the oven every day, why not bake a few meals at once and get the most out of having your oven on?
Instead of pre-rinsing your used dinner plates, why not scrape the leftovers into the bin?
Avoid empty spaces in the fridge
Keeping your fridge and freezer full is actually more energy-efficient than having empty appliances. Keeping them full means that they don’t have to work as hard to keep everything chilled.
Use small pans for small meals
It might seem simple but if you are cooking for one, be sure to use a small pan as well as the smaller ring on your hob. If you use a larger pan, you’re using more water to fill it and more energy to heat it up. Similarly, if you’re cooking for a few people, use a larger pan on a bigger ring to avoid any unnecessary strain on the smaller rings!
Reheat with your microwave
Your microwave oven is the most energy-efficient appliance for reheating as well as cooking in general. This is followed by the hob and then the oven. So anything you can put into the microwave, try to use it.