How can I be energy efficient at home?
Whether you are working from home, streaming movies or doing the washing, making small changes can help you be more energy efficient.
Heating and cooling
- In winter, set your heater to around 20 degrees. Try to dress warm rather than turning the heater up.
- Seal up any gaps around your doors and windows with draught stoppers and weather strips.
- In summer, get your air conditioner serviced. Replacing old dirty filters may help lower your energy usage.
- Set temperatures on coolers to 24 degrees or higher. Every degree higher you can have your cooler may help you save energy.
- Only use your dishwasher when it is full. Select the economy option on your dishwasher to shorten the running time.
- Try and cook as much as possible in the oven at the same time to make the most of the energy being used.
- Older fridges tend to use more energy, if more than ten years old consider upgrading to an energy efficient model.
- Induction cooktops are typically the most energy efficient. They take less time to heat up than gas or electric stovetops.
- Use a shower timer to shorten showers for the whole family. Reducing shower time can help save energy.
- Choose showers over baths as much as possible to avoid heating a whole bathtub of water.
- Consider installing water-efficient showerheads so you are using and heating less water.
- If you have heated towel racks don’t keep them on permanently. Just switch them on before your shower or when needed.
- Turn the temperature on your pool down or even completely off when you know you won’t be using it for a while.
- Connect your pool to a controlled load so it is metered separately to the rest of your house. Electricity will be supplied at off-peak times.
- If you have a second fridge for outdoor use, consider turning it off until you really need it.
- If you are running decorative ponds or fountains, choose a solar rather than an electric pump to save energy.
- Don’t leave your living room appliances such as TV’s, gaming consoles and stereos on standby as they constantly use energy.
- If you are buying a new TV, check out the energy efficiency rating, more stars means higher efficiency.
- The bigger the television, generally the more energy it will consume. Plasma televisions typically use the most energy.
- Use a cosy blanket to keep you warm on the couch. Keep blankets nearby so you aren’t tempted to turn up the heating.
- Wash your clothes in cold water as much as possible. Use cold water detergents for the best results.
- Front loader washing machines are typically more energy efficient than top loaders as they use less water and less detergent.
- Use the economy mode on your washing machine whenever possible for a shorter cycle that uses less energy.
- Use mother nature to dry your clothes as much as possible. If you need to own a dryer, consider a heat pump dryer as it is the most energy efficient.
- Use the energy saving setting on your computer to turn off screens and consume less energy when you are not at your desk.
- If you can close doors and heat or cool smaller spaces this can save you a lot of energy while you are working in your home office.
- Save energy on printers by reading documents on your computer as much as possible. If you must print, choose double sided to save paper.