Did you know that 5 June marked World Environment Day? To show our support, we've come up with a few tips which will not only help the environment, but help you to save energy and money in your home.
1. Get a water butt
Installing a water butt in your garden could save you money, especially if you're a keen gardener! Not only is it better for the environment and your purse, but plants actually prefer rainwater to tap water. Rainwater doesn't only have to be used to water your plants though; you can also use it for cleaning your car and the windows of your house or flat.
2. Switch off your appliances
A great way to save energy is to turn off your appliances when you've finished using them; don't leave your appliances on standby and never over-charge them. Although convenient to leave your mobile phone charging overnight, it's better to charge the phone in the evening and disconnect once fully charged. Did you know that a TV or DVD player left on standby can use up to 80% of the energy that's needed when in use? Switch it off!
3. A more efficient freezer
Freezers run much more efficiently when they're three-quarters or more full. So when provisions are running low, restock your freezer with topped up water bottles. This will help to improve your freezer's effectiveness.
4. Wash your clothes at a lower temperature
Did you know that washing your clothes at 30°C uses approximately 40% less electricity than washing at 40°C? Generally, modern washing powders work just as effectively at lower temperatures. And washing machines tend to use the same amount of water and electricity regardless of the size of the load. So wait until you have a full load to get 'value for money' from your wash.
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