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Do1Thing - Top Tips on Saving Energy

Do1ThingOur Do1Thing website provides an energy saving action for every day of the month. Take a look at Do1Thing.org.uk for top tips on how you can save energy and save money.

Below we’ve also compiled a quick list of easy tips on how you could save on your annual energy bill and on keeping warm.

Around the house:

  • Set your room thermostat to between 18-21ºC to ensure your living space is kept at a healthy temperature. If it is higher than 21ºC, turning it down by 1ºC could save you around £65 a year. If you have central heating, you can adjust the temperature by using a thermostat in the room you use most and the radiator valves.
  • In rooms you use less often, turn the heating down using the radiator valves.
  • Shut doors to keep heat in the rooms used the most and stop draughts from badly fitting windows and doors.
  • Close curtains as soon as it gets dark; this will reduce draughts and heat loss through the windows.
  • Replace your light bulbs with energy efficient ones. One bulb can save around £50 over its lifetime of about 15 years.
  • When a room is empty, make sure that the lights are turned off, saving around £10 per year.
  • Having a shower instead of a bath will reduce hot water consumption by about 50%, saving around £45 per year. Fix dripping taps as soon as possible; one hot water tap can waste the same amount of water as one hot bath in a week.
  • Don’t leave appliances on standby or on charge unnecessarily, it cost between £50 and £90 per year to leave items on standby.
  • Switching a plasma TV for an LCD TV of the same size could save around £25 per year.
  • Is your water too hot? If you have a hot water tank check your cylinder thermostat to make sure it is set to exactly 60ºC/140ºF. (To prevent Legionnaires your hot water tank must never be less than 60ºC/140ºF.)

In the kitchen:

  • Put lids on saucepans; food will cook quicker and save you money.
  • Do not leave the fridge door open longer than necessary and defrost it regularly.
  • Use your washing machines only when full. Setting the temperature to 30°C not 40°C will save around £10 per year – most washing detergents work well at this temperature.
  • Drying clothes outside in the summer months will also save you up to £20 per year.
  • Only boil as much water as you need, both when cooking and using the kettle.
  • If there is moisture in the air (for example, from drying clothes or cooking), close the door and open the window or put on a fan; once the moisture has gone, then close the window and switch off the fan to keep heat in.
For more advice on saving energy please see the Energy Saving Trust at http://hec.est.org.uk/