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Energy-saving tips

  • A shower is usually more energy-efficient than a bath. If you stand for 20 minutes in a power shower you may as well have a soak in a bath

  • Fill up your dishwasher or washing machine before you turn them on and only use a tumble dryer when you can't dry your clothes outside

  • Use an energy monitor to measure the electrical energy usage in your home

  • Turn your thermostat down. Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10% and save around £50 a year

  • If you have a programmer, set your heating and hot water to come on only when required rather than all the time

  • Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows and check for draughts around windows and doors

  • Don't leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily

  • Only boil as much water as you need when using a kettle or cooking. Remember to use lids on pots and pans as this will help heat the water up faster

  • Use Energy Saving lightbulbs. Lighting accounts for around 8% of the average household electricity bill

  • Wash your clothes at a lower temperature. Modern detergents are often designed to work at lower temperatures. Try 40 degrees, or even 30 to wash clothes

  • Turn off the tap whilst you are shaving or brushing your teeth, and if you have a dripping tap, fix it.

For more energy-saving tips in the home visit The Energy Saving Trust