Monday, 23 November 2009


Over Christmas and the New Year it's probably fair to say we use much more gas and electricity than usual. We have visitors, we are at home more, we cook more and use more lamps, Christmas lights and tree lights. So to try and cut your winter fuel bills here are 10 ways to save energy:
  • When you have visitors, turn your heating thermostat down - more bodies means more heat, so you don't need the temperature so high! Turn it down once everyone has arrived- that way the house will be welcoming and warm!
  • When your tree lights are on, turn off the main room light. You probably don't need it. Remember to turn any lights off anywhere in the house when you leave a room.
  • Make sure all your lamps and overhead lights have energy saving bulbs in them- they are expensive, but save you electricity and are usually guaranteed for around 8 years.
  • Cut down the length of time your Christmas lights are on - put them on when it gets dark and remember to switch them off when you go to bed.
  • When cooking, use the smallest appliance you can, like the microwave, slow cooker or grill and pack your oven full with several dishes when you do use it.
  • Keep lids on saucepans to cook food quicker (using less energy).
  • Try not to buy battery driven items, or invest in a charger and rechargeable batteries - it really will save you money in the long-term.
  • Keep room doors shut so that radiator thermostats can work properly, turning off the radiator when the room has reached the set temperature.
  • If you are going away turn off all those appliances that are sneaky electricty users e.g. the DVD player, radio alarm clocks and the microwave (do you really need another clock in the kitchen anyway?)
  • Only use the washing machine or dishwasher when you have a full load - probably not a problem over Christmas!
Happy Christmas saving!

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