Reduce your energy in the home

This is taken from a book by Cabbages and Roses. It’s not all the tips but quite a lot of them.

* Rise with the lark to make the best of the natural light

*Clean the windows and get used  to using natural light instead of electricity

* Wear more clothes when it is cold rather than putting the heating on

* Interline curtains  for extra draught proofing. Sew old blankets between curtain fabric and lining.

* Place a brick or filled litre bottle of water in the cistern. This will save at least one litre of water every time you flush

* Brush your teeth with the tap off. Only turn on when necessary

* There is no need to rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, just scrap the food into the food bin

* Run the dishwasher and washing machine at full loads as much as possible

* Defrost your freezer regularly

* Avoid empty spaces in the freezer. If possible fill bags with ice to fill the gaps up.

* Switch off any lights and use lamps with energy saving bulbs in where possible

* Install a timer on your lights if you go away so you don’t have to leave lights on to deter burglars

* Unplug chargers when they have finished doing their job. They are not energy efficient if you don’t

* Switch off appliances when not in use. TV, DVD’s. Even washing machines and dishwashers and tumble dryers should be switched off at the wall plugs when not in use

* Boil only as much water as you need. I have a whistling kettle that goes on the hob and you can have less water in the bottom

* When cooking with boiling water use the kettle to boil it first as its quicker so saves more energy

* Chop vegetables smaller so they cook quicker

These are just few tips.

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