🙄 Why should I care?
The answer is rather simple - we only have one Earth and gives us the possibility to exist. As a community, we have a lot of power to come together and make small changes in our lives that will have a big impact on the health of the Earth without jeopardizing our comfort.
📒 How to save electricity, heating, and water?
Shower – don’t bath! Baths tend to use a huge amount of hot water compared to a shower.
Limit the length of the aforementioned shower. We know that, sometimes, nothing beats a nice long shower; but if you can try and keep these extended stays to a minimum you are going to save energy.
A running tap wastes more than six liters of water a minute, so turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your face. Use cold water if you don't need hot.
A dripping tap can waste more than 5,300 liters of water a year, so make sure your taps are properly turned off and inform LifeX promptly when taps start to drip.
Try to avoid wasting water from running taps while waiting for hot water.
Shut windows during the winter. It may seem a bit obvious, but if the heating is on and you are letting all the hot air escape straight out of the window, then you are wasting energy.
Turn down the room stat by a couple of degrees. 19 degrees is about the norm. Some people do like their homes a bit warmer, but as a rule of thumb, for every degree, you turn your thermostat down you will save heating energy.
Keep curtains and blinds closed at night to keep cold air out.
Turn off the bathroom floor heating in the summer. It uses a lot of energy.
Open windows instead of relying on an extractor fan – no electricity used!
Turn your lights off when you’re not using them. If you switch a light off for just a few seconds, you will save more energy than it takes for the light to start up again, regardless of the type of light.
Avoid using the dryer – hang clothes outside when you can. Dryers have big motors to spin the clothes and heaters to help the drying process which means they use a lot of energy.
If you do use a dryer, clean the lint filter after every use. This will help it run more efficiently, helping to save electricity.
Avoid drying clothes directly on your radiators as it lowers the room temperature, which means the boiler will need to work harder.
Use your washing machine on lower temperature settings. If you lower the temperature from 40 to 20 degrees, you will save 55% of the energy used.
Fill up the washing machine with clothes - most people wash only 3.2 kg each time although washing machines can handle between 5 and 8kg.
Keep 5°C in the fridge and - 18°C in the freezer. For every degree lower in the fridge, your energy consumption will increase by 5%. For every degree lower than - 18°C in the freezer, energy consumption increases by 2-3%.
Regularly defrost your freezer – ice building up in the freezer reduces its effectiveness.
Make sure you fill-up the dishwasher and lower the temperature or put them on ECO mode. The dishwasher uses 10-20% less energy running at 50/55 °C instead of 65 °C.
Plug things into a power strip and turn that off at the plug when not in use – to avoid leaving things on standby. Even though when things are on standby they use less energy, they do still use some! Turning everything off at the plug ensures that NO electricity is used.
Unplug your phone from the charger (and the charger from the wall) when your phone is fully charged
Put lids on pots and pans to reduce cooking times.
Try and match the size of the burner to the right pot or pan – putting a small pan on a huge burner or electric hob will just waste electricity.
Use microwaves to cook and reheat food – they use only 20% of the energy required to run a full-size oven.
Don’t open the oven to look at the food inside – peep through the window to help prevent the expensive hot air inside escaping.
Avoid opening the fridge or freezer to browse – every time you do, the appliance will need to fire up to cool down the air again.
Allow cooked food to cool before putting it in the fridge/freezer, otherwise, the fridge/freezer will have to work harder to cool it down.
Only boil as much water as you need – i.e. don’t boil a kettle full of water for one cup of tea.
❓If you have any questions, feedback, or suggestions, let us know via the LifeX member app.
Here, you can calculate how much energy you use at home and see how much you can save by making small changes.