ENERGY TIPS WHILST IN LOCKDOWN
1. Turn down the heating
Over half of most energy bills are from costs to heat our homes so take advantage of the sunshine and turn off the heating to make big savings. If it turns cooler in the evening, pull out the jumpers for the kids rather than reach for the thermostat.
2. Unplug those appliances
In lockdown, we will all be using appliances at home more, particularly if you are home schooling or working from home. When not in use, or when you leave the house, try and set up a routine for everyone (including the kids!) to switch off all appliances. Any appliances left needlessly on standby are an unnecessary drain on electricity, so make sure everything is switched off, including anything on charge, especially if you’re going to be leaving the house which is a good home safety practice too.
3. Ditch the dryer
Dirty clothes and extra washing is the one downside to getting outside with the kids during lockdown and while hand washing everything probably isn’t practical, there’s certainly no need to use the dryer when the washing line will do.
If you do use the washing machine, make sure you always use a full load, and you can even afford to save energy on the post-wash spin cycle if you’re letting the clothes drip-dry.
4. Keep the fridge closed
If the kids are all at home, it won’t be long before they’ll be in the kitchen looking for food and drinks, and when they do, you can bet they’ll crowd around the fridge and leave the door open while they look for goodies – and each time the door is opened up to a third of its cold air can escape, meaning it then needs to use more even energy to cool back down.
5. Cool down in the shower
A five-minute shower uses about a third of the water a bath does, so when the kids need cleaning, encourage them to step into the shower if you have one, instead of soaking in the bath – not only will it save energy, it’ll be more refreshing on a hot summer’s day.
A word of warning though, if you have a power shower, this may use even more water and energy than running a bath, so it could also be worth investing in a shower monitor to keep tabs on the amount of water you’re using.
6. Check your personal energy usage
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HELP WITH YOUR ENERGY COSTS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
A leaflet from Smart Energy GB, the campaign for a smarter Britain and National Energy Action, the national charity helping people to stay warm in their homes.