Top Tips for Sustainability at Home

Cutting electricity bills

  • Turn off the lights whenever you leave a room
  • Unplug your phone charger when your mobile is charged – it’s still using electricity as long as the charger is plugged in – in fact unplug all chargers when not in use
  • Switch to low energy lightbulbs – you could save up to £100 on electricity over the bulb’s lifetime
  • Avoid leaving appliances on standby – leaving the TV or the PC on standby still uses electricity; turn them off when you’ve finished using them
  • Don’t fill up the kettle – only boil the amount of water that you really need

Cutting gas bills

  • Turn down the central heating thermostat by one degree – love your jumper!
  • Make sure your hot water cylinder is well insulated and the thermostat is set to 60°C

Keeping warm

  • Close your curtains at dusk to keep the heat in
  • Install draft proofing around window frames, external keyholes and the letterbox

In the kitchen

  • Put lids on pans and use as little water as possible to cook your veg
  • Use the correct size cooker ring or keep the gas flame low and underneath the pan once the water has boiled – it won’t cook any quicker if the pan is boiling its head off
  • Eat seasonally – try and avoid those food miles
  • Eat less meat – a plant-based diet uses substantially less resources than one based on animal products
  • Buy only what you really need. Approximately 6 million tonnes of food is thrown away by households in the UK each year, which equates to an average of £424 per person per year
  • Learn how to cook tasty dishes from leftovers and save money by doing so
  • Defrost your freezer regularly – an iced-up freezer uses more electricity
  • Use a bowl of water to wash up or clean vegetables – don’t leave the tap running
  • Don’t buy any more bottles of water – refill bottles from the tap or install a filter

Doing the laundry

  • Use low temperature washes when possible – modern detergents are designed to work just as well at 30°C
  • Wait for a full load before using the washing machine – it uses less water than two half loads
  • Let clothes dry naturally – try to avoid using a tumble-dryer

In the Bathroom

  • Fit a Hippo into your toilet cistern to save water each time you flush – you could save up to 5,000 litres of water per person per year
  • Take showers, rather than baths – this can save over 150 litres of water per week. But be careful – a power shower, or spending a long time in the shower can use more water than a bath!
  • Fix dripping taps – they can waste up to 60 litres per week
  • Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth – a running tap can use six litres of water each minute
  • Install low-flow taps and shower head
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