Cutting Electricity Bills
- Turn off the lights whenever you leave a room
- Unplug all chargers (phone, laptop etc.) when charged – it’s still using electricity as long as it is plugged in.
- Switch to energy saving lightbulbs – you could save up to £100 on electricity over the bulb’s lifetime.
- Avoid leaving appliances on standby – leaving the TV or the PC on standby still uses electricity; turn them off when you’ve finished using them.
- Don’t over-fill the kettle – only boil the amount of water that you really need.
Cutting Gas Bills
- Turn down the central heating thermostat by one degree – love your jumper!
- Make sure your hot water cylinder is well insulated and the thermostat is set to 60°C.
- Close your curtains at dusk to keep the heat in.
- Install draft proofing around window frames, external keyholes and the letterbox.
In the Kitchen
- Put lids on pans and use as little water as possible to cook your veg.
- Use the correct size cooker ring or keep the gas flame low and underneath the pan once the water has boiled – it won’t cook any quicker if the pan is boiling its head off.
- Eat seasonally – try and avoid those food miles.
- Eat less meat – a plant-based diet uses substantially less resources than one based on animal products.
- Buy only what you really need. Approximately 6 million tonnes of food is thrown away by households in the UK each year, which equates to an average of £424 per person per year.
- Learn how to cook tasty dishes from leftovers and save money by doing so.
- Defrost your freezer regularly – an iced-up freezer uses more electricity.
- Use a bowl of water to wash up or clean vegetables – don’t leave the tap running.
- Don’t buy any more bottles of water – refill bottles from the tap or install a filter.
Doing the Laundry
- Use low temperature washes when possible – modern detergents are designed to work just as well at 30°C.
- Wait for a full load before using the washing machine – it uses less water than two half loads.
- Let clothes dry naturally – try to avoid using a tumble-dryer.
In the Bathroom
- Fit a Hippo into your toilet cistern to save water each time you flush – you could save up to 5,000 litres of water per person per year.
- Take showers, rather than baths – this can save over 150 litres of water per week. But be careful – a power shower, or spending a long time in the shower can use more water than a bath!
- Fix dripping taps – they can waste up to 60 litres per week.
- Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth – a running tap can use six litres of water each minute.
- Install low-flow taps and shower head
For more information visit the Energy Saving Trust.