This week is energy saving week. The energy savings website is full of ideas on how to make savings and commit to a 20% energy reduction.
Its going to be an annual event; Energy Saving Week (Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th October 2007) and the aim is for all of us to commit to a saving of 20%.
previous articles on this blog about energy are :
Check energy consumption and change to green energy
Cutting energy consumption from household appliances
10 ways to save energy:
- Turn your heating thermostat down by 1 degree C and wear a jumper.
- Turn your water heater down to 6 degree and wash clothes at lower temperatures with a full load.
- Keep the heat in through insulation and by closing the curtains at dusk.
- Turn off lights when you leave the room and keep asking others to do the same. Change your lightbulbs to energy efficient ones.
- Don’t leave appliances on standby and remember to switch off chargers when you’re not using them. A useful appliance to turn off is the microwave: we may use it for 3 mins per day but it could be on for 24 hours?
- Fill the washing machine or dishwasher before switching on (or at the very least use the half-load setting). Wear clothes a little bit longer : do you really need a change of clothes every day?
- Only boil as much water as you need for your tea or coffee. An eco-kettle makes this easy.
- Shower instead of having a bath.
- Shop locally, eat fresh produce instead of frozen products.
- Don’t use the car for short journeys. Walk or cycle instead. Plan car journeys and share transport with others.