Save energy and put money in your pocket for the little pleasures that make the colder months so special.
By using only what you need, when you need it, you’ll contribute to ensuring there’s always enough energy to power your home and the lives of your family and friends
1. Never leave lights on in unoccupied rooms.
2. Consume hot drinks and dress for the weather. An extra layer of clothing and a cosy blanket over your knees will help keep you warm and postpone having to switch on a space heater.
3. When you do switch on your heater, heat only the room you are in. Remember to close all the doors and windows while the electric heater is on.
Also, remember to seal gaps around windows and draught-proof wall cavities throughout your home in preparation for winter.
4. Warm your bed with an electric blanket. Switch it on an hour before bed time and switch it off when you get into bed.
Alternatively, you can use a hot water bottle to keep your feet happy. You can also use a hot water bottle in front of the television.
5. Don’t use underfloor heating. Hot air rises and dissipates quickly when doors and windows are open, and it’s a waste of energy leaving underfloor heating on when you’re in bed.
6. Switch off appliances at the power point when you are not using them. While in standby mode, appliances can use up to 50% of the electricity they use when operating.
7. Use energy-efficient appliances for cooking. Slow cookers are best for preparing winter warming meals such as stews and oxtail, while microwaves are best for preparing your favourite small-volume winter meals.
8. Boil only enough water in the kettle for the number of cups of hot drinks you are preparing.
9. Don’t use hot water for tasks you can accomplish with cold water such as rinsing dishes and vegetables.
10. Swap your bath for a shower, and keep it hot and short. Showers use less electricity and water.