We all know we should turn the lights off when we’re out, but what else can we do?
- Vacuum the dust off the coils behind your fridge (unplug it first) to make it work more efficiently.
- Descale the kettle to lengthen its life and reduce the electricity needed to make your favourite cup of tea.
- Don’t put the oven on until you start food prep – it doesn’t need half an hour to get to temperature. You can turn it off five minutes or so before the food is done – it will finish the cooking if you leave the door shut.
- Wash full loads only and run the dishwasher when full.
- Save the tumble dryer for emergencies. An outside clothes line or indoor clothes horse is the way forward 90% of the time.
- Choose your activities carefully. Do you really have to drive to that yoga class 12 miles away? Wouldn’t the one that is walking distance do a similar job?
- Think about which activities don’t require electricity and which do (for example, reading on a tablet versus reading a book, watching television versus playing a board game).