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Energy Saving Tips Around The Home

May 8, 2014 | Comments Off

  • Ensure that fridges and freezers are defrosted regularly to improve efficiency.
  • Make sure your fridge and freezer are not next to a heater or oven, as this will make them work harder to keep cold and use more electricity.
  • Use the right sized pan for the food and the hob.
  • Use saucepan lids to help keep the heat in while cooking.
  • Turn off the lights when you leave the room.
  • Don’t leave appliances on standby. Turn them off completely when you are not using them.
  • Invest in thick, good quality curtains to keep the cold from your windows out of the room.
  • Replace standard light bulbs with energy saving ones. If you replace one standard light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) of the same brightness, you could save around £3 per year.
  • Dry laundry outdoors whenever possible instead of using a tumble drier.
  • Never dry clothes on your radiators. This prevents heat from circulating in the room and means your boiler will have to work even harder to heat your home.

Energy Saving Tips – Hot Water

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  • Ensure that you fill dishwashers and washing machines before you run a wash and make sure you use an Eco setting if possible.
  • Don’t leave taps running while you do the washing up. Instead fill a sink and try to only rinse utensils in cold water.
  • Don’t leave taps running in the bathroom either. Remember to turn of the tap while you clean your teeth and use cold water whenever possible.
  • Use your hot water storage cylinder thermostat wisely. If you have a water cylinder with a thermostat, keep it set to around 60 degrees Celsius; a higher temperature is un-necessary for most homes.
  • Don’t boil more water than you need. Kettles use lots of electricity so don’t fill your kettle right to the top unless you really need to.
  • Repair a leaking or dripping tap as soon as possible so you don’t waste water.
  • Shower whenever possible. Baths use more hot water and are far less efficient.
  • Invest in a water-efficient shower head; you could save up to £65 on your gas bills and £95 on your water bills per year.
  • Insulate your hot water cylinder; an insulating jacket costs as little as £15 and could save you up to £115 on your gas bill each year.

Water-effcient shower heads and hot water cylinder jackets are available here @ Wharf Plumbing