Take a shower – A five minute shower uses an average of 30 litres of water compared to a bath’s 80 litres (and that’s only if it’s half-filled). Serious energy savings are to be had by using the shower day-to-day, and saving the long soak for the weekend.
Say goodbye to standby – Unplug your electric toothbrush and phone charger when you’re not using them. On average, UK households spend £35 each year powering appliances left in standby mode.
Use Panasonic energy saving LED light bulbs – if you use a 7W LED bulb (equivalent to 50W halogen bulb) you would typically save £8.97 a year, or up to £224 by the time you need to replace the bulb in 25 years time. Find out how much you could save with Panasonic’s online savings calculator.
Exclude pesky drafts – Check all your windows and doors for draughts. Once you’ve found out where the draughts are in your home, using draught excluders will stop cold air getting in and heating bills going up. If you’re willing to get creative and make your own draught excluder, this simple solution will cost you next to nothing.
Use the right lighting – if you’re watching TV, you won’t need a bright light on all the time, so use a lower wattage LED bulb. The same goes in the bedroom, use brighter side lights when you’re reading for example, but for those more romantic moments, lower the wattage.
Be clever in the kitchen – households can save £35 a year by being energy savvy:
- Only use your tumble dryer when you can’t dry your clothes outside
- Don’t fill your kettle right up to the top every time – just boil the amount of water you need
- Leave a third of the space in your fridge or freezer free – if your fridge or freezer is packed full of food then it will take more energy to keep it cool