Energy conservation
& efficiency tips

We've put together some easy tips that can help you to save money and reduce the amount of energy you use at home and at work. .

At home

General

  • Replace incandescent with energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.
  • Turn off electrical appliances when you leave the room or aren't using them.
  • Make sure your home is properly insulated.

Kitchen

  • Dry items in your dishwasher simply by opening the door and not using a 'high temp' option.
  • Only use the correct amount of water for your needs in a kettle.
  • Use smaller appliances such as the microwave or toaster instead of the oven.

Bathroom

  • Use a low-flow shower head.
  • Take short showers instead of baths.
  • Install dual-flow toilets to reduce the amount of water used per flush.
  • Insulate your water heater and all water piping.

Your vehicle

General

  • Try to car share whenever you get the chance to reduce the number of cars on the road.
  • Make sure your tyres are always at the correct pressure, which increases movement efficiency.
  • Clear out all heavy items in your boot and backseat, so that you are not being weighed down.
  • Have regular maintenance on your vehicle to make sure that everything is working to the best performance.
  • In the long term, you may want to consider investing in a 'hybrid' or other fuel source vehicle, as it will significantly reduce your energy costs and emission output.

Winter

  • Installing winter tyres will help increase movement efficiency and mileage, that way your vehicle is not working harder to push forward than it should.

Summer

  • Do not drive faster than motorway limits (70mph) as fuel efficiency reduces.
  • Do not use the air conditioning on days where the wind or cooler air will suffice.
  • If you must use the air conditioning, try and have it regulate throughout the car and lower the temperate over time.

Everyday

  • Separate your recyclable and compost material from your garbage in order to reduce landfill waste.
  • When shopping, use the least amount of plastic bags possible or use recyclable bags that can be used over again.
  • Use products made of recycled (FSC) paper, or biodegradable materials.