Easy Top Tips for Greening Your Life

27 October 2008

Don't leave appliances on standby

8 - 10% of the total electricity used in British homes is due to appliances left on standby. Some of normal home items use a hefty 25% of their normal power in standby mode. This equates to 4m tons of carbon dioxide each year. It is also estimated that a typical UK household could save £37 per year on electricity bills if they always fully switched home appliances off rather than leaving them on standby.

Only boil as much water as you need

When making that vital cup of tea, you only need to put the right amount of water in to the kettle, with a little over for evaporation. All the rest is just wasted – and expensive – energy, going to heat water that won't be used.

Switch off lights when a room is not in use

Leaving lights on when no one is in the room is a huge waste of energy and money.

Switch appliances with power packs or adapters off at the plug.

An appliance with a power adapter/pack will still be using up energy if it's not switched off at the wall or unplugged. You can check this by feeling how warm the powerpack is when the item it powers is switched off.

Foil-back your radiators to reflect heat back into a room.

Heat loss can be foiled once and for all by following this cheap and easy procedure. You can use the special sticky-backed foil from DIY shops. Or ordinary household tinfoil. Both will be pretty effective at reflecting waste heat back into the room.

Further tips: Big Green Switch

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