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We can all have an impact on our carbon footprint at home without spending a penny.  Our energy saving tips round up the best ways to reduce your energy consumption, helping you to be more low-carbon and energy efficient at home. Here’s how:

  • Unplug your devices. The quickest way to reduce the amount of energy you’re using is to unplug any devices not in use, such as TV’s, mobile phone chargers and laptops. It’s really worthwhile to remember to unplug as often as you can – the Energy Savings Trust estimates that Brits could save £1.7 billion a year this way.
  • Switch off lights.
  • Close the curtains and keep the warmth in at night.
  • Don’t leave appliances on standby – switch off your dishwasher and washing machine when finished. Load fully instead of doing half loads and choose economy settings.
  • Defrost your freezer regularly to keep it running as efficiently as you can, and the fuller it is, the less energy it will use.
  • Only boil as much water as you need – your kettle will boil faster and not waste energy.
  • Fix any leaks and drips in your kitchen and bathroom.
  • Shower instead of running a bath.
  • Only heat the rooms you’re using and turn down your thermostat by 1 degree, which could save you up to £80 a year.
  • Fit LED light bulbs – not only cheaper to run but they last up to 10 times longer than normal bulbs.