Actions that will save money and reduce the impact of your home on the environment include:
• Ensure that you understand the dwelling and how its energy systems are intended to work so as to obtain the maximum benefit in terms of reducing energy use and CO2 emissions.
• Check that your electric heating thermostat is not set too high (in a home, 21°C in the living room is suggested) and use the timer to ensure you only heat the building when necessary.
• Make sure your hot water is not too hot – a cylinder thermostat need not normally be higher than 60°C.
• Turn off lights when not needed and do not leave appliances on standby. Remember not to leave chargers (e.g. for mobile phones) turned on when you are not using them.
• Close your curtains at night to reduce heat escaping through the windows.
• If you’re not filling up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher, use the half-load or economy.