Energy Saving Tips.
Buying New Appliances.
Being energy savvy is one thing but taking it to the extreme is another, never compromise the safety of yourself or others.
Remember, when its not in use - switch it off!
Below is an excerpt from the electrical safety council website on energy saving tips.
Energy-Saving Light Bulbs – A bright idea.
They last up to 10 times longer than traditional bulbs, and use around 80% less energy. An energy-saving light bulb produces the same amount of light at 13-18w as the more traditional 60w bulb. This reduces energy costs and saves you up to £60 over the lifetime of the energy-saving light bulb.
Stand-by – Switching off is being switched on.
You can reduce your electricity bill and avoid emitting CO2, simply by not leaving your appliances on stand-by. Switch them off at the plug.
Washing Machines – Be cool.
90% of the energy a washing machine uses goes towards heating the water. A 30°C wash could save over a third of the energy you use when compared to washing at higher temperatures.
Tumble Dryers – The fuller the better.
When putting a load into your dryer, ensure you do a full load, but don’t overload. Tumble dryers consume more energy than most washing machines. In fact, it’s much cheaper and better for the environment to use a washing line or a clothes horse if you can. If you do need to use a tumble dryer, make sure you use a fast spin on your washing, as this removes more of the water.
Dishwashers – The fuller the better.
Only use your dishwasher when you have a full load as a half load uses the same amount of energy. If possible, stop the dishwasher’s cycle when it gets to the drying stage, open the dishwasher up, and let the load dry naturally.
Kettles – A cupful is better than a kettle-full.
Only put in the amount of water you need, as over-filling each time wastes energy and money.
Fridges/Freezers – Buying a new appliance?
Look for the Energy Saving Recommended logo. These more efficient appliances could save you as much as £37 a year.