Here are some great and simple ways you might not have thought of that'll save you money (and leave you with a warm glow of contentment because you're not only helping yourself, but the environment too.)
1. If you have lots of electrical appliances close by each other, like a TV, DVD and Wii, plug them all into one power strip. This means they'll all go off with a flick of a switch. Leaving your appliances on standby is costly, so with a power strip you can save electricity, time and effort.
2. When it's time to send your appliance to the recycling graveyard, aim for an ‘A” rated replacement if possible. This'll be the most energy efficient, although these days there are now A+ and even A++ ratings. Fridges, freezers and tumble dryers are also rated, so shop around for the best deals.
3. If you have a thermostat, turning it down by just 1 degree will save you money. This is also true of electric water heaters. They use a great deal of energy heating water, so turn it down ideally to 40 degrees.
4. It's a dirty job but it'll save you money if you regularly clean out the filter of the tumble dryer. When lint builds up inside, the efficiency of the machine is reduced. Keeping the filter clean will save you money, and keep your machine working for longer too.
5. Enjoy some quality time by dining in candlelight. Instead of having your evening meal to a backdrop of Blackpool Illuminations, why not add some romance by turning out the lights and lighting some candles.
6. Renounce your gadgets for a short while. Why not try having a ‘Silent Sunday'? Turning off all your household gadgets, including the espresso machine as well as the iPad, will save you money. If you want a true picture of your energy usage, why not buy an energy saving monitor. It will tell you exactly where your money goes.
Some quick facts for you:
7. An energy saving light bulb uses 75% less energy than an old fashioned bulb and lasts much longer.
8. A leaking hot water tap that drops water every second can add around 165 gallons a months to your water usage. That's the equivalent to one person's water usage over a two-week period.
9. A dishwasher uses around six gallons less of hot water than if you are washing dishes by hand, which equates to 2000 gallons a year saved.
10. Don't leave your fridge door open more than you need to. Every time it opens approximately 30% of the cold air escapes.
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