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Using Energy Efficiently

2008-11-04

Using energy more efficiently in your daily life comes easily once you get started. This site lists many ways to save energy around the house, at work and on the road.

Here, we list the overall top ten:

Unplug your phone charger - equipment on stand-by uses up to 20% of the energy it would use when fully on.

Walk or cycle instead of driving for short journeys - it costs nothing and is good for you.

Turn your heating down to a comfortable 20 degrees C - lowering your thermostat by 1 degree C will knock 10% off your heating bill.

Buy 'A' rated kitchen appliances - they cost less to run and over time will give you considerable savings on your electricity bill.

Use compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) instead of traditional bulbs - they use 20% of the energy and last up to 15 times as long.

Wait for the dishwasher to be full before you switch it on - a half full one uses the same energy as a full one.

Switch off lights when you leave a room - energy is wasted lighting unoccupied rooms.

Don't overfill your kettle - only boil as much water as you need.

Check your tyre pressure - a car with correctly inflated tyres is more fuel efficient.

Avoid unnecessary electricity use between 5pm and 7pm - help reduce national CO2 emissions.

Find out how you can save money and energy around the house clicking onto the hints and tips section.

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