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Want to save energy and money around the home but not sure where to start? There are plenty of lifestyle changes you can make that can make a big difference — here are 19 tips to get you going.
Stay warm, cut costs. Turning your thermostat down by just 1°C can save you as much as £75 per year!
Your parents were right. Wearing more jumpers, socks and slippers around the house, and putting an extra blanket on the bed means you won't be tempted to turn the heating up.
Turn the pressure down on the power shower. A high-pressure power shower is a luxury but you'd be surprised how much water they use - sometimes even more than a bath.
Batch cook. If you're going to use the oven, bake a few meals at a time to get the most out of having your oven on and hot.
Heat your home with cooking. Leave the oven door open after cooking to let the heat warm your kitchen. The oven might give off enough heat for you to adjust your thermostat, a far more efficient use of that stored heat than throwing it out of your home with an extractor fan.
Let the dishwasher do the dirty work . Avoid pre-rinsing the dishes in hot water. Save water and energy by just scraping the dishes before they go in.
Make things easy for your fridge and freezer. Keeping them full means they don't have to work as hard and therefore they use less energy. Empty space in your fridge or freezer wastes not only space but energy too.
Use the right ring for the right thing. If your cooker has a small ring, use a small pan. You might only be heating up a small meal, and doing so in a big pan wastes a lot of energy. Conversely if you try and heat a large pan on the small ring you're more likely to end up heating for longer than saving any money or energy.
More tips for energy-efficient cooking.
Shrink your bills, not your clothes. 90% of a washing machine's energy expenditure is spent on heating the water, so if you wash your clothes at 30-40°C you're saving significant amounts of money.
Hang up your laundry. Air-dry your laundry rather than tumble drying it, particularly if there's warm or windy weather.
Save yourself ironing time. Take your clothes out of the dryer before they're completely dry - they'll iron much quicker and you'll use less energy on your drier.
Switch it off and save. Switch it off at the wall when your appliances and devices aren't in use. Don't just leave it on standby: it may be easier but it's also a guaranteed way to waste energy compared to turning things off at the socket.
Get the kids involved. Play energy-saving games with your kids to teach them the importance of switching off to save energy.
Get smarter Investing in a smart thermostat — or at the very least, a programmable one — can make you much more efficient about when and how long you're heating your home.
Get free cavity wall insulation. There are now government-backed full and partial grants available to help you pay for insulation if your home has cavity walls.
Get free loft insulation. Because heat rises, as much as 25% of the heat in your house could be disappearing into your loft space. What's more, even older properties that already have insulation in place may not have the recommended levels, particularly if it was installed in the 1970s or 1980s.
Get free solar panels. Having solar panels installed on your house could save you as much as a third on your electricity bills. What's more, thanks to the government's Feed-in Tariff scheme solar panel installers get paid for the energy generated, so they may install them for free.
Apply for an energy-saving grant. There are plenty of energy-saving grants available to help with the cost of home improvements.
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