Tips on how to save energy across your home:
- Shop locally and where possible ethically.
- Buy Forestry Sustainable Commission (FSC) logo wood and/or use reclaimed wood.
- Reduce / Reuse/Repair/Recycle
- Eliminate junk-mail: Contact Mailing Preference Service: www.mpsonline.org.uk
- Buy products with the least packaging.
- Try to avoid using non-recyclable drink cartons/plastic single use bottles.
- Buy bottled products that are refillable, ie. laundry liquid.
- Use environmentally friendly products such as washing powder and washing up liquid.
- Only use the washing machine with a full load and wash at lower temperatures.
- Use the right size saucepan and use a lid.
- Only boil the amount of water you need.
- Drink tap water rather than bottled water.
- Use mugs instead of disposable cups.
- Buy locally grown seasonal fruit and vegetables.
- Compost food waste.
- Check your fridge thermostat. If it’s cooler than 3OC. it wastes energy, money and creates more greenhouse gases.
- use a cloth to wipe things, but if you do use kitchen roll, use recycled kitchen roll.
- Buy recycled toilet paper.
- Don’t leave the tap on when you are cleaning your teeth.
- If you have an older toilet system, put a filled water bottle in your toilet cistern.
- Short showers use less energy and water than baths.
- Choose environmentally friendly products for cleaning the bathroom.
- Change your electricity supplier to one that uses renewable energy.
- Don’t leave electrical appliances on stand-by, turn them off.
- Fit energy efficient light bulbs.
- Switch lights off when you leave a room.
- Buy the most efficient electrical appliances when replacing goods.
- Hang your clothes up to dry. Avoid using a tumble dryer.
- Insulate your home.
- Replace old boilers with an energy efficient one.
- Turn your heating thermostat down. For example, every 1oC you turn the thermostat down you will save 10% on your heating bill.
- Invest in thermostatic radiator valves and turn radiators down in unoccupied rooms.
- Buy recycled computer paper and refill cartridges.
- Recycle computers and recycle old mobile phones.
- Switch off the monitor when not in use.
- Grow your own fruit and vegetables if possible.
- Use a water barrel to catch rain water.
- Encourage wildlife as much as possible. Set aside an area which allows nature to take over.
- Avoid using hosepipes for the car or garden.
Savings Trust, 0300 123 1234
Severn Wye Energy Agency, www.swea.co.uk 01594 545360
Gloucestershire County Council, www.gloucestershire.gov.uk 01452 835060
The Carbon Trust www.carbontrust.co.uk/energy 020 7170 7000
Stop Climate Chaos, www.stopclimatechaos.org , 0207 802 9989
Campaign against Climate Change, www.campaigncc.org 0207 8339311