Turn your living area thermostat down to 20°C. The temperature in hallways and bedrooms should be cooler, ideally between 15-18°C.
Use the radiator valve to turn the temperature down or off in rooms that you do not use a lot.
Set your hot water thermostat to between 60-65°C, to make sure that you do not overheat your water.
Most of the energy used by a dishwasher and washing machine is for water heating. Run them on a lower temperature setting and save on your energy costs. Wash clothes at 30°C if they aren’t particularly dirty.
Keep your fridge’s temperature at between 2–3°C for the best performance. This keeps your food safe to eat and avoids freezing (and ruining) your fruit and veg. The freezer should be set to -15°C.
Turn the heating off when you leave the house or if you go away. Remember, your radiators will continue to heat your home for some time after the heating has been turned off.
Switch off all your appliances at night and when you are not home. You should turn off your computer whenever you are not going to use it for more than an hour.
Use a power strip which means that at night or when you leave the house, you can easily unplug your devices at once.
Turn off lights when you are leaving a room or when you do not need them.
When your food is nearly cooked, turn off the rings/oven and use the built up heat to finish cooking your food.
Hold off switching on lights in the evening until absolutely necessary.
Position your furniture so you make the most of natural light.
Replace failed light bulbs with energy efficient options, in particular LED lights. Select the lowest wattage bulb needed to light the room/area and consider the size of the space and how much natural light the space gets.
Washing machine and dishwasher
Try to use the washing machine and dishwasher at times when there is lower energy demand and avoid turning it on between 7-9 in the morning and 5-7 at night. This may not save you money but will help avoid excessive CO2 emissions from power stations.
Tumble dryers are big energy guzzlers so dry clothes on a clothes horse or washing line.
Fridge / Freezer
Don’t leave the fridge door open for too long while getting food. For every 10–20 seconds the door is open it takes 45 minutes for the fridge to cool down to its original temperature.
Don’t put warm or hot food straight into the fridge or freezer. The fridge or freezer has to work extra hard and draw more energy to cool it down. Thawing food in the fridge is better for keeping your food safe to eat and keeps the fridge cool.
Close doors between rooms that are heated and unheated to keep the heat in.
Check windows, keyholes and doors for draughts of cold air and plug them.
Unused fireplace? A chimney balloon will keep the draughts out and the heat in.
Close curtains to keep heat in, but open them in the morning to let the heat of the sun in.
A shower typically uses 20% of the energy compared to a full bath, so keep the bath as a treat.
Don’t leave the hot tap running – you are pouring energy and money down the drain.
Keep your oven door shut and use the space well. Batch cooking saves you time and energy, especially if you have a busy lifestyle.
Don’t let the heat escape – by covering your pots and pans with a lid. The lid keeps the heat in and reduces condensation in the kitchen. Use the right sized hob for your pan – the closer the match, the less energy you use.
Don’t boil full kettles for one cup of tea, but do make sure you have enough water to cover the element.