In a time of recession it’s important to keep your costs down and save money. Here are some useful tips on how to stop wasting energy for the short term and long term considering the future of energy:
1. Turn your lights off – This one really isn’t too hard to remember. When you leave a room, flick the switch! Turning lights off can be a plus in summer as it keeps the room cooler!
2. Do NOT leave appliances and electrical on standby when they are not in use, this constantly requires electricity! It can also damage appliances such as a laptop, the battery should not be charged at all times, let it run out occasionally – the same goes for mobile phones.
3. Consider switching your energy supply to a renewable energy source. Green Electricity is on the rise nowadays with electricity being sourced from renewable generators – basically getting natural power from the wind, water & sun. Good Energy supplies green electricity to homes and businesses across the UK using only renewable sources which means no fossil fuels, nuclear or carbon!
4. Use energy saving light bulbs – Simple!
5. Turn your thermostat down – Even reducing it by 1°C could reduce your heating bills dramatically.
6. Fill up your dishwasher before turning it on, don’t use it half empty – it’s a waste!
7. Turn off taps properly; make sure the tap isn’t dripping as this can waste thousands of litres of water per year!
8. Get on draught patrol! It’s important not to let too much heat out of your home and let too much cold air get in, this can often be the route to a damp home! Make your home draught proof – start by closing your curtains in the evenings to prevent heat escaping.
9. Refrain from using a tumble dryer too often in the home, especially in the summer months where you can hang clothes outside. The tumble dryer is the second biggest energy user in the home!
10. Use rechargeable batteries! These save energy and prevent us from polluting the environment with our throw away batteries. Rechargeable batteries are cost effective in the long term and recharging costs are minimal.
Article courtesy of Goodenergy.co.uk