If every week isn’t already energy saving week at your house, then this is the week to start. The Energy Saving Trust is holding its annual Energy Saving Week (Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th October 2007) and is looking for commitments to a saving of 20% from all and sundry.
Find out where you feature on The Power of One, Climate Change Influencer Index. Influential? Then this is the week to work even harder to spread the word and get your friends and community to commit to their 20%.
10 easy to follow energy saving tips
1. Turn your thermostat down by 1’C.
2. Turn your water heater down to 60’C.
3. Close your curtains at dusk to prevent heat escaping.
4. Turn off lights when you leave the room.
5. Don’t leave appliances on standby and remember to switch off chargers when you’re not using them.
6. Fill the washing machine or dishwasher before switching on (or at the very least use the half-load setting).
7. Only boil as much water as you need for that cuppa. An eco-kettle makes this easy.
8. Replace your regular light bulbs with energy saving light bulbs.
9. Wash your laundry at 30’C.
10. Don’t use the car for short journeys. Walk or cycle instead.
5 of our favourite energy saving gadgets
1. Wattson – It’s stylish, it’s desirable… it’s the energy saving style icon of the noughties!
2. Efergy Energy Saving Monitor – This does the same this at the Wattson (more or less), at a third of the price. It’s no style icon, but it gets the job done.
3. One Click Power Panel – Switch off up to 8 peripherals with just one click when you power down your PC or hi-fi.
4. Savaplug – Do you have an older fridge that chews energy but can’t afford to replace it? This little gadget can save you £55-£65 per year and help reduce your energy use.
5. Standby Energy Saving Kit – Too lazy to switch it all off properly when you’ve finished using it? With this kit you can switch off the television, DVD player, stereo, PC with a remote control. And it can save you up to £40 a year in energy.