Tips How To Save Electricity And Money
A lot of these electricity saving tips cost nothing to implement. and may seem obvious but from experience most people ignore them and waste both money and electricity unnecessarily. Some only require getting into the habit of thinking is there a good reason why this is switched on.
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When Buying Replacement Appliances Compare The Power Consumption
If you need to replace something take the power consumption into account when comparing different makes. Be wary of the energy efficiency labels - they don't take into account standby current and relative size (when comparing two items).
Don't Use The Tumble Drier If The Weather Is Suitable For Hanging Clothes Out
Tumble driers use a lot of electricity.
Turn The Water Temperature Down 5 Degrees
If you heat your water using electricity try turning the temperature down 5 degrees you probably won't even notice the difference. If you don't try turning it down even further.
If You Have More Than One Wireless Telephone Replace One WIth A Conventional Telephone
The chargers for these phones can cost up to £1 a quarter each to run continuously.
Turn Air Conditioner Thermostats Up A Few Degrees And Keep Cooling Surfaces Clean And Free From Dust
Doing this can save a lot of energy. It also helps if you clean the filters regularly. Dirty heat exchangers (radiators) need a regular clean to keep the efficiency high. Make sure the air flow through the unit is not restricted.
Keep The Fridge And Freezer Full And Cooling Surfaces Clean And Free From Dust
Use sealed containers to fill any unused space. Dirty heat exchangers (radiators) on the back need a regular clear to keep the efficiency high. Defrost the freezer regularly and don't put hot food in the fridge. Keep the fridge and freezer away from direct sunlight, cookers and radiators.
Only Use Just Enough Water To Cover Vegetables When Cooking
The more water you use the more energy is required to heat it up. Use a pressure cooker or steamer where sensible. A segmented pan can also save energy by cooking several vegetables in the same pan. Turn down the heat so things are just simmering. Use the smallest saucepan you can.
Put A Lid On Saucepans And Frying Pans
Doing this can reduce the energy needed by over 50%.
Use The Inner Ring Of Dual Ring Cookers
To ensure that only the pan is heated not the air around it. Never put a small pan on a large ring.
Try Using A Pressure Cooker And/Or A Slow Cooker
Pressure cookers cook food faster due to the higher pressure inside. Slow cookers enable everything to be cooked at once slowly and use less electricity than using the oven..
Switch Off Extractor Fans As Soon As They Have Done Their Job
It's easy to forget to turn them off. Keep the vent flaps clean and check they open and close easily to minimise back pressure which affects power consumption..
Open The Oven Door As Little As Possible when Cooking
Cleaning the glass in the oven door so you can see the food without opening the door can have a big effect on this. Keep the oven door seals clean to minimise heat loss.