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I’m dreaming of a Green Christmas

Posted on 11 December 2017

 

Switch off your appliances

When having your friends and family round this holiday, you will want to show off your new electrical appliance’s you may have got this Christmas. Nowadays most of those appliances will have a standby mode that will be the default setting for when it is not in use. You can save around £30 a year by remembering to turn your electrical appliances off standby mode and turn off at the mains. 

Recycle your used wrapping paper

Wrapping paper plays a big part in the excitement of Christmas morning and what most people don’t know is that almost all wrapping paper can be recycled.  The only types of wrapping paper that can’t go into the recycling bin are the shiny metallic and glitter varieties. If in doubt, test it out with the ‘scrunch test’ – if you can scrunch the paper in your hand and it stays in a ball, it can be recycled.

Careful in your kitchen

When the Christmas feast is done, the person who pulls the short straw will be left with the washing up. Instead of running the tap, fill a bowl to wash up and if you continue this habit all year round you can save £25 a year on your energy bills.

Replace your shower head

After a cold winter walk, nothing feels better than a long hot shower to bring your temperature back up. If you haven’t got an electrical shower and your shower takes hot water straight from your boiler or hot water tank, you should switch to a water efficient shower head. This will reduce your hot water usage, and save you money on your gas usage for water heating and water bills if you have a water meter.

Take control of your heating

As the weather gets colder, the heating comes on earlier and it becomes more important to take control of your heating. More than half the money spent on fuel bills goes towards providing heating and hot water. By going smart with your thermostat and using the controls efficiently you could save yourself around £75 a year.

Turn off your lights

With Winter solstice approaching, you’ll find yourself using your lights more than ever. However you can only be in one room at once and if you switch the light off just for a few seconds, you will save more energy than it takes for the light to start up again. This will save you around £14 on your annual energy bills.

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