How can we save energy?

Having an energy-efficient home is extremely beneficial in many ways. Saving energy can mean you spend less money on household bills. It also has a positive impact on the environment. In turn, that helps contribute to a happier, healthier planet for everyone.

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Top tips for saving energy

  • Switch off the lights when you leave a room.
  • Open the curtains during the day and letting the sunshine in, instead of switching on the lights.
  • Turn off the tap when you’re not using it. For example, when you’re brushing your teeth, or washing your hands.
  • Put on a jumper and thick socks instead of turning the heating on.
  • Close the door behind you when you come inside.
  • Switch off the television and any consoles when you’re not using them. Use the ‘shut down’ function on your computers and laptops.
  • Turn off or unplug electrical items when you’re finished with them. Some devices use energy even when they aren’t on. For example, the kettle, your phone chargers, lamps and fans.

How can I show my child the importance of saving energy?

  • Teach them about renewable and non-renewable energy sources. Renewable sources include solar power, wind power (turbines), and hydropower (dams). Non-renewable sources include coal, natural gas, and oil. These can run out. They also add greenhouse gases to the environment and increase global warming.
  • Teach them early. The younger they are when they learn about saving energy, the more natural it will be to them.
  • Set an example. If your children see you saving energy, they will naturally follow. It will another routine in your household.
  • Tell them about young environmentalists. Recently, lots of children and young people have been campaigning about the environment. There have been protests and strikes across the world, partly inspired by Greta Thunberg. Teach your child about some of the people their age who are passionate about the environment. This might help encourage them to pay more attention to their own energy use.

The Simple Energy Advice questionnaire can give you tips based on your home. This could help you save energy and reduce your bills.

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