| || Saving energy around the house|
|In the kitchen
- boil the kettle with only as much water as you need
- put lids on pots and pans when cooking - they will boil a lot quicker
- regularly defrost your freezer, and avoid putting hot food into the freezer
- to heat small amounts of food, use a microwave rather than your cooker
- turn your microwave off at the plug until you need it - don't pay just to run the clock
- keep your fridge door closed as much as possible to avoid cold air escaping.
|Use less water
- washing clothes at 30ºC uses about 40% less electricity, and modern detergents work just as well
- run washing machines and dishwashers only on full loads
- save money by drying clothes outside or on indoor driers rather than use a tumble drier
- a shower uses half the hot water of a bath
- fit a shower attachment, such as those offered by Portsmouth Water
- mend dripping taps - a dripping tap could fill a bath in one day
- a Portsmouth Water save-a-flush hippo bag in your toilet can save a litre of water each time you flush!
- turning your thermostat down by 1 degree could cut your bill by 10% and programme your heating and hot water to come on only when you need it, not all the time
- set your cylinder thermostat at 60ºC or below
- close curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows, and to make sure gas boilers and room heaters work efficiently, have them serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. If you rent, your landlord must provide a annual gas appliance check
- keep your water warm by insulating your hot water pipes, especially between the boiler and hot water cylinder, which should be insulated with a British Standard jacket at least 3 ins (7.5cm) thick
- put reflective foil behind radiators on outside walls.
- fit a brush or PVC seal to front and back doors, and seal windows (but leave some ventilation if you have an open or gas fire or a boiler with a flue
- use brush seals or spring flaps to draught proof letter boxes, and block keyholes with cover plates
- fit a heavy curtain over the front door
- make sure your curtains do not cover your radiators, shorten them or tuck them behind
- fill gaps under skirting boards with newspaper, beading or sealant and put rugs over bare floor boards.
- Turn the lights off when you leave a room
- Do you really need a light on? If there's enough natural light switch it off, or only light the area of the room you need
- Use low energy light bulbs - they use a quarter of the energy and last ten times longer.
- turn off appliances at the plug or power switch could save you £30 a year
- turn off your mobile phone or laptop charger as soon as it's charged. Chargers still use energy, even if the appliance is fully charged
- buy energy efficient goods - read more from Which? - the consumer champion.