Saved electricity = saved money + healthier planet

Here are some simple ways to cut down on your electricity use -nothing that requires a degree in rocket science to come up with but - saved electricity = saved money and it's good for our planet too

1.  replace light bulbs with ones of lower wattage... this could be energy saving ones or LED.  However some people don't like these so simply replace your 60 watts with 40 in half the light fittings in each room

2. Turn electrical devices off at the wall when not in use... TV, radio etc etc, all of them use a little power overnight

3.  Turn off mobile devices when not required.  I'm always finding my ipod out of charge because it has been 'leaking' power... you have to recharge it using more electricity.  Once fully charged take them off the charger so they don't keep using power

4.  Never cook with a half empty oven, plan your meals so that the oven is full... eg. instead of boiling potatoes separately roast / bake them.  if you can't fill the oven, can you microwave it.  If you cook for 1 or regularly have an empty oven it may be worth buying a small 'table top' oven as the less space you heat, the less power you use 

5. Fill your washing machine every wash.  If you need to do smaller loads then next time you replace the machine ensure it has a half load cycle.  
Stop, Think!... does this really need washed, jeans worn once don't (she writes loudly for her 16 year old's benefit)  Pyjamas can be worn for several nights and that jumper may have another day's wear in it

6.  Reduce your wash temperature by 10 degrees.  Now this can be a false economy if you then don't get white collars clean, your towels smell and your underpants need replaced sooner.  So when you reduce the temperature add an extra cleaning agent (eg. vanish) and wash on a hotter wash once a month

7.  Get rid of your tumble dryer!  I have managed to bring up 2 kids in Scotland (lots of rainy days) without one.  It uses a ridiculous amount of power for a job that the wind/ sun / central heating will do for free! Can't manage that then consider replacing with this (other companies make them) http://www.lakeland.co.uk/21736/Dry%3ASoon-3-Tier-Heated-Tower-Airer

8. Enjoy candle-lit dinners instead of putting an extra light on

9.  When baking don't use an electric mixer... the  elbow grease used mixing by hand will burn off the calories you bake :).  You can often replace hard block butter or margarine for the stuff in tubs which is softer and easier to mix (but don't use low fat versions).  I use olive spread for all my cakes and cookies ... it's healthier too

 

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