Energy Tips

At Work

  • Label light groups of switches so that people know which lights to turn off
  • Switch off lights and equipment when not in use or when leaving an empty room - Office lights account for 60 per cent of energy use in an office
  • When the air conditioning or heating is on, make sure the windows are shut
  • Switch off your computer screen when leaving your desk  - Monitors usually use more energy than the computer itself
  • Don't leave appliances on standby. Make sure appliances are switched off at the plug.
  • Don’t leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily.
  • Turn thermostats (including thermostatic radiator valves) down
  • Take responsibility to switch off shared electrical equipment overnight
  • Take the stairs, not the lift

At Home

  • Switch off lights and appliances when not in use 
  • Do not leave appliances on stand-by
  • Keep your freezer topped up with frozen food – full freezers run more efficiently
  • Avoid Using the tumble drier – dry on the line on or on a clothes horse
  • Use Energy Efficient Lightbulbs- Available from all leading supermarkets and electrical stores
  • Turn your thermostat down.
  • Set your heating and hot water to come on only when required rather than all the time
  • Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows and check for draughts around windows and doors.
  • Don’t leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily.
  • Fill up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher - one full load uses less energy than two half loads.
  • Only boil as much water as you need
  • Fix dripping taps - A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath!