Ways To Save Energy And Slash Electrical Energy Expenses
1. Lighting & Light Bulbs
Install low energy light bulbs in rooms you use regularly - they last up to 15 times longer than
the usual normal light bulb and provide the same lighting for a quarter of the running cost.
Switch off the lights when you leave a room for some time and don't use several light bulbs
where you will do the job. Teach all members of the family to turn off lights when leaving a
2. TV, Hi-Fi & Radio
Turn off the TV or video and hi-fi rather than leaving it on standby. Always use the television's
on/off switch. Leaving the television on standby wastes energy.
Microwave ovens decrease cooking time by 15% to 20% and save energy. When boiling
vegetables, use sufficient water to keep them covered. Make use of a jug kettle that has a water
level gauge to make sure you only heat the amount of water you need. Cover saucepans with
lids whenever you can to reduce the cooking time.
4. Home Laundry & Dishwashers
Save electrical energy by utilizing old-fashioned clothesline for clothes drying. Steer clear of
drying clothes on radiators as it lowers the room temperature, making your boiler keep working
harder. Shut off dishwasher for dry cycle. Let your dishes "air dry". Don't use dishwasher or
laundry equipment until you have a full load.
5. Fridges & Fridge Freezers
Make sure your refrigerator and freezer door seals are air-tight. Allow hot foods cool before
placing them in the refrigerator. Defrost refrigerator regularly - when about 1/4 inch of ice has
formed. Place your refrigerator in the coolest part of the kitchen - away from cookers, heaters
and out of direct sunlight.
Turn off electric water heater when going away for vacations or days off. Turn your heating
down instead of opening a window to reduce the room temperature. By no means cover
radiators with curtains or furniture as this decreases their efficiency and wastes valuable heat.
When going on long holidays, remember to switch your water heating off.
7. Work Tools
Use hand tools in your workshop instead of power tools.
When shopping for new appliances, inquire about energy-efficient models. Buy appliances on
the basis of cost plus operating costs, not necessarily price alone. Limit the use of appliances
that use over 1,000 watts. Keep appliances clean and in good working order. They'll use less
Check all energy bills closely. Errors can be costly.
10. Insulation & Air conditioning
Insulating your attic will save on operating air conditioning (also heating). If your walls are ideal,
cavity wall insulation will substantially reduce heat loss. Keep air conditioning condenser shaded
from sun or on north side of house. Turn off air conditioning when no one is home.
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