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Monday, 18 October 2021

Many of us are seeking ways to minimise our impact on the planet, and a great place to start is at home! Of course switching to green energy sources is a fantastic way to reduce your environmental footprint, but that may not be a realistic investment for all households.

Making your home more energy efficient doesn't have to involve expensive upgrades or major renovations, there are some steps we can all try and take to save energy and help the planet.

We spoke to Jersey Electricity about energy saving and they have shared their top tips, by room, for creating a greener home:

In your kitchen

  • Only boil the amount of water you need but always make sure the element in your kettle is covered
  • Choose the right sized pan for the hob you are cooking on
  • Keep pan lids on when boiling water or heating food, but don't leave pans unattended.

In your utility room

  • Replace old, inefficient boilers
  • Only use dishwashers when full to capacity
  • Wash clothes at 30°C

In your study

  • Set energy saving sleep mode on your computer to kick in when idle
  • Switch your computer off rather than leaving it on standby
  • Switch off your printer

In your bedroom

  • Insulate your window against draughts
  • Close curtains at dusk to help keep heat in
  • Don't leave lights on when you're not using the room

In your bathroom

  • Set you immersion cylinder thermostat to 60°C and have a timer fitted
  • Make sure your hot water cylinder is lagged with an 80mm insulating jacket
  • Take a shower instead of a bath

There are more tips on Jersey Electricity’s website about how to save energy in your home, or you can visit their shop at The Powerhouse or give them a call on 01534 505460.

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