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Energy Saving Tips
  • Lighting:
    • 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 lampshades.
  • 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.
  • Computer:
    • Configure your computer to "energy saving" mode in which it will automatically change to the state of low consumption.
    • 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 hour.
  • Television: A television in standby mode can use up to as much as half the electricity as when it is switched on.
  • Fridge/Freezers:
    • 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 sunlight.
    • 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.
  • Cooking:
    • 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 possible.  
  • 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 environment.
  • 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.
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