What can I do?
Let's look at those ideas in more detail, along with even more energy saving ideas. We’ll start in the busiest room in the house – the kitchen. There are a lot of energy drainers here:
• If you need to boil a pan of water, use your kettle. It uses far less energy than heating from cold in a pan. And don't aim to fill your saucepan to the top, just use enough to cover what you're cooking.
• When it comes to boiling water for tea and coffee, we overuse the kettle all the time. How many times have you boiled the kettle and walked away, only to come back five minutes later to boil it again? What a waste! Another goody way to save power is to only fill the kettle for what you need – not all the way up.
• Try to only use one bowl of water when washing up, and avoid wasting lot of nice clean water rinsing the plates. If you use a dishwasher, try to fill it completely before you put it on.
• We all want clean clothes, but these days washing detergents can wash at 30 degrees very effectively. Try waiting until you have a full load too – that saves on water as well as energy. Use an eco-wash setting if you can.
• Try to reduce the amount of tumble drying you do to save electricity where possible line dry.
• Help make your fridge's job easier by dusting around the back – if those coils get dusty it can make the fridge work harder. Don't overfill it and try not to leave the door wide open too – unless it's a while since you checked the sell-by dates!