30 North’s top 30 energy saving tips

30 North’s top 30 energy saving tips!

Reduce your electricity bill and green house gas emissions by following some of these energy saving tips

Household appliances:

  1. Switch off any electrical appliances at the wall when you are not using them. Don’t just leave unused appliances on standby. Appliances left on standby can account for approximately 10% of your electricity bill.
  2. Using a power board to supply electricity to numerous appliances will allow you to switch all appliances off at the wall with a single switch. However ensure you do not overload any power boards or power points.
  3. When purchasing new appliances where possible get the most energy efficient products. This will ensure you reduce your electricity bills and greenhouse gas emissions.
  4. Electric blankets use a large amount of electricity. During winter try to keep warm with extra blankets on your bed.
  5. Installing an electricity monitor in your home is a good way to make your household more aware of the power they are consuming. This will help your household to become more energy conscious.
  6. Lighting:

  7. Switch to energy efficient fluorescent light bulbs. They use up to 75% less energy and they last longer than incandescent bulbs. Fluorescent light bulbs are more expensive than incandescent lights however the long term savings on your power bill and the cost of replacement bulbs will be outweighed with fluorescent bulbs.
  8. Avoid using main lights when only requiring small amounts of light. Instead use a lamp as they consume less electricity.
  9. Bathroom & Laundry:

  10. Install water saving showerheads and take shorter showers. This will help your household save water and the cost of heating the water. You will also reduce your greenhouse emissions.
  11. Fix any leaking or dripping taps in your home. A single dripping hot water tap can waste as much as 1000 litres of water each month. If the leaking water is hot then you will not only be wasting water but you will also be increasing your gas and electricity bills to heat the leaking water.
  12. Only use your washing machine when washing full loads. This will save power, water and the cost of washing powder or liquid.
  13. Front loader washing machines are more energy efficient and they use less water in comparison to top loaders. Consider this before purchasing your next washing machine.
  14. When using a clothes dryer ensure you empty the lint filter as this will help to dry your clothes quicker and in turn will use less power.
  15. Whenever possible attempt to dry your clothes naturally, however if you must use a clothes dryer try to use it on a low heat setting to conserve power.
  16. Use cold water to wash your clothes whenever possible.
  17. Cooling & Heating:

  18. During summer set your air conditioner to 24 degrees or higher. During winter set your heater at 21 degrees or lower. This will ensure you save electricity and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.
  19. Seal windows, doors and anywhere else in your home where air can leak out. This will ensure you keep the cooler air in from your air conditioner during summer and any heat produced during winter.
  20. When heating or cooling rooms keep doors, curtains and blinds closed to keep the heated or cooled air in.
  21. Clean and replace the filters in your air conditioners and heaters regularly to ensure they are operating efficiently.
  22. Kitchen:

  23. Old refrigerators can use two or three times more power than newer models. If possible purchase a new refrigerator with a high energy efficiency rating. This will make a big difference to your next electricity bill.
  24. Don’t run a second fridge in your home. Having a second fridge running will significantly add to your electricity bill.
  25. For greater efficiency set your freezer to -18 degrees and your fridge between 2 degrees and 5 degrees.
  26. Fridges and freezers operate most effectively whenever they are full however you should ensure you do not overload them.
  27. Try to place your refrigerator out of direct sunlight and avoid placing it next to your stove or oven.
  28. To ensure your freezer is operating efficiently. Defrost your freezer before the ice becomes 10mm thick.
  29. Fill your kettle with cold water.
  30. Boil water using your kettle rather than your stove.
  31. Oven temperatures can drop by up to 15 degrees when opening the door while cooking. Ensure wherever possible you do not open the oven door while cooking. This will reduce your electricity and gas consumption.
  32. Defrost food naturally rather than using the microwave.
  33. Only use your dishwasher when washing a full load. Set your dishwasher to its economy cycle or the shortest cycle possible that will still clean your dishes effectively.
  34. Outside:

  35. Install shades or awnings on north or west facing windows that receive a lot of sunlight. This will help to keep your home cooler during summer. During winter open the shades or awnings to allow natural sunlight in and to warm your rooms naturally.