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10 Ways to Save Energy

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 26, 2016 1:55:00 PM

Here are some innovative ways of saving energy from OVO Energy. saveenergy_gbm_2ndgrade

  • Curtains. Keep curtains and blinds open during the day to let the warmth of the sunshine into your home. Close them at night to keep the heat in and the cold out.
  • Repaint With Flare. Use satin or semi-gloss paint on your walls. It reflects light better so you can use lower wattage bulbs.
  • Remove Chargers. Take chargers out of wall sockets. Never leave them switched on, whether they’re for your mobile, your e-reader, your laptop or your digital camera. They use power even when the device isn’t charging.
  • Skip the Rush. Try not to travel during rush hours, as you’ll be stuck in slow-moving traffic and often letting the engine idle, both of which waste energy.
  • Take a Water Bottle. Keep a refillable water bottle in the car (and remember to refill it). It may not save you any energy, but it will help to save the planet. Plastic bottles cause huge amounts of pollution, and if you leave one that’s made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in the car for a while, potentially harmful chemicals such as antimony can leach into the water.
  • Clean Light Bulbs. The dust reduces their intensity, which could encourage you to buy higher-wattage bulbs than you actually need, or, if you’ve got dimmer switches, to keep th e lights brighter than necessary.
  • Clean Filters. Dishwashers, washing machines and heat recovery ventilators all use filters. They’ll all perform better, and your washing machine and dishwasher are less likely to clog up and then break down.
  • Close Fridge Door. Opening it just once can let up to one fourth of the cold air escape. Don’t leave it open while you’re going back and forth to unload your shopping.
  • Shut Off Tap. Don’t leave the tap running while you’re cleaning your teeth, shaving or washing (your face or the washing up).
  • Add a Dry Towel. If you have a washer/dryer, or a tumble dryer, put a dry towel in with each load of clothes if there’s room. It will absorb the dampness and dry the clothes faster.

Read the entire list of 120 ways to save energy here.

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