- Turn the lights off when leaving a room.
- Use "task" lighting rather than whole room lighting
when a small amount of light is required.
- Regularly clean light fittings, reflectors and
- Timers: Use the timer on your
immersion heater. This should supply you with enough hot
water as and when you need it.
- Electric Shower: Take a shower rather
than a bath. A typical shower uses only one fifth of the
energy of a full bath.
- Configure your computer to "energy saving" mode in
which it will automatically change to the state of low
- Switching off the screen can save even more than
just letting the screen saver run.
- Turning your computer off at night instead of
leaving it on will save on average 25% of its annual
energy bill. Remember you should turn off your computer
whenever you are not going to use it for more than an
- Television: A television in standby
mode can use up to as much as half the electricity as when
it is switched on.
- Don't let frost build up in the freezer compartment
as this increases energy consumption. Remember to
defrost and clean the inside of your refrigerator and
freezer at least every 6 months and make sure they are
positioned in a cool place, not next to the cooker or
boiler or where possible not in the path of direct
- Check that the door seals on the refrigerator and
freezer are tight fitting - the seals hold a 5 euro note
in place when the door is closed.
- Don't put warm or hot food straight into the freezer
- let it cool down first.
- Put lids on pots and turn down the heat when the
water starts to boil. The lids not only keep heat in the
pot but also reduce condensation in the kitchen.
- At a certain point in cooking, turn off electric
rings and use their residual heat.
- Lots of energy saving cooking devices are under
used: like slow casseroles, insulated deep fat fryers,
microwave ovens and pressure cookers. They can save both
energy and time - with better results!
- Microwaves: In a microwave oven,
arrange unevenly shaped items with the thickest portion to
the outside. Stir or turn the food over to speed up
cooking time. Remember a microwave is more efficient than
a cooker for reheating food.
- Electric Ovens:
- The oven is expensive to use - try to use it as
sparingly and efficiently as possible. Where possible
use it for more than just one item and remember you can
cook at a higher temperature at the top of the oven, and
simultaneously at a lower temperature at the bottom.
- Do not open the over door to check cooking - every
time you do so you lose 20% of the accumulated heat.
- Toasters & Kettles:
- The toaster is more energy efficient than the grill
for toasting bread.
- When making tea or coffee, boil only the amount of
water required (but make sure the heating elements of
electric kettles are covered!).
- Tumble Dryers:When drying clothes in
a dryer, dry heavy articles separately from light articles
and turn the dryer off as soon as the clothes are dry -
don't over dry the clothes!
- Washing Machines: The washing cycle
selected on a washing machine should have the lowest water
temerature required for the items being washed. A full
load of washing is more energy efficient that two half
loads. Use a cold rinse for your clothes.
- Dishwashers: Stop the dishwasher
before the drying cycle and open the door to let the
dishes air dry and always use the economy button where
- Electric Blankets:Switch on electric
blankets no more than half an hour before you go to bed
and switch off just before you get into bed.
When purchasing, you should consider the following:
- Appliances:Be demanding when you
buy, check the energy labels on appliances. Purchase ‘A’
rated appliances whenever possible, they can save their
replacement cost over their lifetime and benefit the
- Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs):
These use a fraction of the electricity and last up to 10
times longer than ordinary light-bulbs - could you install
more in your home?
- Electric Heaters:When buying heaters,
make sure they are the right size for the rooms they are
to heat. Remember that electric heaters consume
electricity at the most expensive charge rate.