Cutting consumption

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Save energy

Small changes to your behaviour at home will also help you use less energy, cutting your carbon footprint and your energy bills:
  • Understand your energy bill - the information may seem confusing, but understanding it can go a long way to helping you to reduce your energy usage at home. Uswitch provide a useful guide to understanding energy bills.
  • Switch off standby - a simple step to save money on your energy bills is to turn your appliances off at the plug socket.
  • Turning your heating down by just one degree and ensuring thermostats are set correctly can make a significant difference to your energy consumption.
  • Turn off lights and appliances when you’re not using them.
  • Replace traditional light bulbs with LEDs or other low-energy lights - LED bulbs are 90% cheaper to run than conventional light bulbs and could save you around £35 a year on bills.
  • When replacing household appliances, check the energy efficiency rating and choose those with higher ratings where possible. Find out which appliances in your home consume the most energy on the Energy Saving Trust website.
  • Dry clothes on an outside line rather than using a tumble dryer.
  • Make simple changes to how you use hot water, like buying a water-efficient shower head - this will save money, energy and water!
For more helpful tips, check out the Energy Saving Trust website.

Save water

  • Have a shower instead of a bath - the average bath uses more than double the amount of water as the average shower.
  • Don’t leave the tap running while brushing your teeth.
  • Add a water saving device to your toilet cistern to reduce water used in every flush.
  • If you shower for 60 seconds less each day you could save 15 litres per minute.
  • In the garden use a watering can instead of a hose, install a water butt to harness rain water and let the grass grow to keep the moisture in.
  • Only use the washing machine when you’ve got a full load - and use the lowest temperature recommended to save energy too!

More tips for saving water can be found on the South East Water website.