Using less energy in the home is important for us all to consider.
Positive impacts of using less energy at home
The environment and effects of climate change
The sustainability of limited fuel resources
Your bank balance
One way we can use less energy in the home is by changing the way we use our appliances.
Common sense changes include:
When you boil a kettle, only use as much water as you need.
Turn appliances off at the wall – don't leave them on standby.
Use energy-saving light bulbs.
Defrost your freezer regularly.
Make draught excluders for outside doors, windows and letterboxes.
When using your washing machine, wash at 30 degrees.
Another way of saving energy is ensuring your home and appliances are energy efficient.
This means that it takes less energy for items to produce results. Examples of energy efficient improvements include:
Using energy efficient light bulbs, which use less energy than standard ones.
Insulation to ensure heat is kept in your home.
Replacing old and inefficient appliances with more effective models.
For impartial and free advice on energy efficiency visit the Energy Saving Trust.
In England, you can contact Energy Saving Trust on – 0800 444 202
In Scotland, Home Energy Scotland can support you – 0808 808 2282
And in Wales, you can contact Nest for tailored advice – 0808 808 2244