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10 Ways To Save Energy This Christmas

10 ways to SAVE ENERGY this Christmas Turn your thermostat down Cook smart Watch your water Reducing your room temperature by just one degree Celsius could cut your heating bills by up to 10%. When cooking on the hob, you should always use the right-sized pan and ring for each job and keep the lids on your pans as much as possible to reduce heat loss. Your water cylinder thermostat should be set at 60 degrees Celsius. You should therefore turn it down if it is higher than this. This indicates an average saving of £60 a year, according to the Energy Saving Trust. You can also avoid When using the oven, keep the door shut as when you can and make big batches of food to improve your energy efficiency. wasting energy worth about £40 a year by fitting a hot water tank insulation jacket and make further savings by only boiling the water you need in your kettle Mind the gaps Switch them off Fill it up To avoid wasting energy at Christmastime, you should keep the windows closed whenever possible, particularly when you are generating heat by cooking, and check for draughts around both the windows and doors. Always remember to switch electrical appliances off standby when you've finished using them, and only charge laptops and mobile phones when you need to. If possible, fill up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher rather than running them for half loads. One full load uses less Remember too to always turn off the lights when you leave a room, especially overnight. energy than two half loads so it is worth waiting until you can fill the appliance before starting the cycle. At dusk, it is also a good idea to close your curtains to stop heat escaping through the windows. Avoid weather- related catastrophes Fix that leak Change your lightbulbs Energy saving light bulbs, which will soon completely replace traditional bulbs in the shops, last up to 10 times longer and can save you around £55 over the lifetime of the bulb. A dripping hot water tap wastes enough heated water to fill half a bath in just one week. Many families will be taking advantage of the time off to go on holiday instead. Consequently, you can dramatically reduce both your water consumption and your electricity bills by fixing any leaks. This can also have its downsides. Insurers receive thousands of claims for burst pipes, which can easily cause up to £10,000 of damage, every winter. Try also to get the whole family to ensure that the taps are fully turned off after use. The saving could, however, be much higher: Around £120 over its lifetime if you are replacing a high-wattage incandescent bulb. Reduce the chances of this by keeping the central heating at a constant minimum of between 12 and 15 degrees Celsius,. brought to you by : Go solar If you plan to decorate your garden as well as your home, it makes sense to invest in some solar-powered fairy lights that won't add to your electricity bills. LiteHouse CREATIVE LIGHTING TECHNOLOGY

10 Ways To Save Energy This Christmas

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Christmas, one of the most enjoyable times of year, and also one of the most expensive for many. Fortunately, there are many little tricks you can use to ensure that your family stay warm and cosy th...



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