Top 10 Energy Tips
Tip 1 - Electrical Appliances
Do not leave your televisions on standby, this still uses almost 90% of the energy as if the television was on. This applies to all appliances with standby, chargers and computers.
Tip 2 - Heating and Drying
Don't overheat your home. Use your heating to reach the temperature you need and make sure you know how to use the controls properly. If your house is too hot, don't open the windows - turn the thermostat down instead. Reducing the temperature by just 1 can cut your fuel bills by up to 10%. Try and agree the best times to have the heating on with your flat-mates. Do not cover radiators with clothes, rather buy a clothes horse. Tumble dryers are expensive to run and should only be used in emergencys, use your clothes horse.
Tip 3 - Hot Water
If it has a thermostat, make sure it is set to the recommended temperature of 60C. Having a shower uses much less water than a bath. Do not leave the cold or hot water taps running, put the plug in.
Tip 4 - Lighting
Low energy light bulbs are ideal for lighting the rooms you use the most. They cost a little bit more to buy but last up to 15 times longer and use a quarter of the electricity of ordinary bulbs.
Tip 5 - Cooking and Boiling Water
Keep saucepan lids on when cooking to reduce condensation and energy. When cooking vegetables, use just enough water to cover them. Using the microwave instead of the oven will also save money.
Use a kettle to boil water - it is quicker and more efficient than using a pan - and only boil the amount of water you need. Choose kettles with a water gauge so you know how much water is being boiled.
Tip 6 - Washing
Using a 40C washing machine cycle rather than a 60C cycle means you use a third less electricity. Use the economy setting where possible and use the half load setting when you have a small quantity to wash.
Tip 7 - Fridges and Freezers
Defrost fridges and freezers regularly. Don't leave the door open for longer than necessary and don't put hot food in - let it cool down first. When buying a new fridge or freezer, look for the energy rating. The most efficient appliances and the cheapest to run are given an "A" rating.
Tip 8 - Recycling
Recycle where possible, recycling is now provided by most Councils. Start by separating glass and paper and use the facilities provided.
Tip 9 - Windows
It might seem obvious but close your window when switching on central heating. Draw your curtains at dusk to stop heat being lost through the windows. Take care not to drape curtains over radiators. Lined curtains will help stop heat escaping.
Tip - 10
Think about what you're doing and come up with your own tips!