Energy Saving Tips
Prioritise – go for the energy guzzlers
The greatest energy and cost savings usually come from replacing the devices that use most energy over the full year. Old freezers and fridges are usually the worst offenders. To see which appliances use the most energy in your household click here.
Read the energy labels
There is a lot of information on the energy label – and ever more types of appliances are now using them; even coffee-makers are expected to be added soon. It is worth spending time studying them and weighing up the extra cost of the highest grade equipment with the carbon dioxide emissions, energy and money that you can save over the lifetime of the machine. Every kWh (electrical unit) that you save cost about 13p in 2010, and is likely to cost at least double that in 2015 – so the savings can be extremely worthwhile.
Work with nature
Electrical appliances are great labour saving devices, but sometimes nature can do it better (and usually free!). Drying outside, when the weather permits, makes clothes easier to iron and uses no fossil fuels at all. Buying a dishwasher which allows the dishes to dry in the air rather than requiring more electricity saves electricity, money and carbon dioxide emissions.
Don’t forget the detergent
Modern dishwashers and washing machines use water and heat very efficiently, but they are only part of the story. The detergent industry have spent millions in developing low temperature detergents that produce great results at lower temperatures. Reducing the temperature of the wash by 10 degrees has a big impact in the electricity that you use.
Use the right technology
There are sometimes a variety of technologies that you can use – especially in the kitchen. Some are really efficient and produce great results for very particular jobs. Using the grill to make toast (instead of a toaster) uses much more energy, and sometimes a microwave will produce great results for a fraction of the energy that an oven would use.