15 Green Tips to Save Money and the Planet
Here are my top fifteen energy saving tips that could also save you money…
n1. Super power!
nSwitch energy supplier to one that generates renewable electricity through wind, water or solar power. The more people who do so, the cheaper it will become.
n2. No sweat
nTurn your thermostat down by just ONE degree and you can cut your heating bills by up to four per cent.
n3. Turn off
nSwitch appliances off properly. Left on standby, appliances such as TVs can sap up to 85 per cent of the power they do while in use.
n4. Free of charge
nOnce you’ve powered up your iPod or mobile, unplug them. Most gadget chargers eat up electricity even when they’re not in use.
n5. See the light
nSwitch off all the lights in rooms you’re not using – even the Queen does this!
n6. Flash bulbs
nUse low energy light bulbs. They’re more expensive but can last up to 12 years. It is reckoned that if every household in the UK used just one energy saving bulb, enough juice would be saved to shut down a whole power station.
n7. Perfect protection
nCut your gas and electricity bills by properly insulating your loft space, cavity walls, hot water pipes and boiler. Eco friendly options include insulation blown in cellulose, sheep’s wool, recycled cotton fibres and foams like Icynene. You will notice a difference in your energy bills in no time.
n8. Third degree
nWash clothes at a lower temperature – ideally 30 degrees and air-dry them whenever possible.
n9. Pull the plug
nTake a shower rather than a bath. You’ll save almost half the water and by cutting your shower time by just one minute you could save more than 2,000 litres of water each year.
n10. Drink up
nEnjoy a carbon-friendly cuppa. Kettles love guzzling energy as much as you love drinking tea or coffee. So, boil a cup’s worth and no more.
nPay your energy bills online. Some estimates reckon that around 81,000 trees are felled annually just to make the paper required to send everyone in the UK their phone bills. Energy companies often give a discount for paperless billing.
n12. Bag it
nUse your own carrier bag. Each year, supermarkets hand out 13 billion plastic bags.
n13. Go public
nOne bus can carry the same number of people as fifty cars. Tube carriages and trains hold even more.
n14. Great outdoors
nOr even better…cycle or walk whenever you can. Not only will you save money and have trimmer thighs, you’ll give the planet a much-needed break from CO2 emissions.
n15. Eco drive
nIf you are going to drive and want to use as little fuel as possible, take a look at Drive down your motoring costs.
Posted Date: 2009-02-21 19:19:40