Tips, Tricks and Hacks

Simple ways you can save energy, cut carbon emissions, reduce your water waste and save money!

TIP – HOME APPLIANCES

When looking for new large appliances such as a new fridge, fridge freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, or TV look out for the Energy Savings Trust label.

TIP – ENERGY EFFICIENCY RATING

When choosing a new large appliance or white goods be sure to check the Energy Efficiency Rating. Ratings are from A to G.
If your budget allows, opt for an A rating for the most energy efficient appliance.

TIP – WASHING AND DRYING

Up to 25% of your home electricity bill is from your Washing Machine and Tumble Dryer.
Around 90% of the energy your washing machine uses is just to heat the water. Few fabrics need to be washed in hot water, try washing those that need hot water together. Just don’t mix the colours!

TIP – TUMBLE DRYING

This is an easy one! If it’s not raining outside use a washing line. Drying your clothes naturally, costs nothing. There’s also the added bonus that natural drying isn’t as hard on your clothing so your garments will last longer.

FACT – FABRICS & MICROFIBRES

Some of your clothes are literally destroying the ocean! Small particles of material known as Microfibers are entering our water supplies every time we wash our clothes Polyester fibres, for example, aren’t biodegradable and in some cases, are making it into our food chain. Do you need all those man-made fabric clothes?

FACT – LED/LCD Vs PLASMA

Plasma TV may not be the choice for most now. And for good reason. They use more power and they generally don’t last as long with screen burn affecting many panels as they get older. The arguments about picture quality may still rage on but there’s no denying the fact that LED/LCD is kinder to the environment in both power usage and raw materials.

TIP – AVOID VAMPIRES

Not the blood sucking type with scary big teeth. These Vampires are slowly draining money from your wallet. Your DVD and
Blu-ray players, Televisions, Video Games consoles, Macs and PCS or even a battery chargers draw small amounts of power in standby mode. If you’re not using them.
TURN THEM OFF!

TIP – RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES

Rechargeable batteries save money in the long run. It saves you buying new batteries every time a gadget runs out of power. Using rechargeable batteries reduces the amount of hazardous chemicals buried at your local landfill. Be honest with yourself do you really dispose of them correctly. Another energy saving tip, remember not to leave batteries needlessly charging.

TIP – TURN OFF YOUR MONITOR

If you’re working but need to leave your computer. At least turn off the monitor when you walk away.
It’s one button. If you’re not likely to remember to do this set your computer to turn off your monitor after a few minutes.

HACK – TURN OF LIGHTS

Okay, this one is pretty obvious but you’d be surprised how many people just walk out of rooms and leave the lights on. There’s no excuse for leaving them on.
Just a change of habit. Think of the click of the switch as a penny going into your pocket. More clicks more pennies!

TRICK – MONEY FOR OLD ROPE

There are plenty of places that will pay for your old gadgets. Most won’t be worth a great deal but those old phones, laptops or even toys could soon add up. A bit of Money in your pocket, a de clutter at home or around the office and peace of mind that they’re being reused or recycled for materials.

TRICK – BATTERY POWER

Make sure you don’t leave battery powered gadget and gizmos such as phones, laptops and tablets charging when the battery’s full, you’re just wasting energy needlessly.
If they’re charged and you’re not using them turn them off. Is that few seconds of boot up time really such a problem?

HACK – HEATING BILLS

During the colder months, you can save between 3-5% of the energy you use to heat your home or office by turning your thermostat down by just 1°c.
If you’re using a water based heating system there’s an added bonus of using less water.

TRICK – DON’T BE DRAFT

There are many ways to insulate your home or office but the simplest ways are often overlooked. Are all the windows and doors completely shut? Even a small draft can make you reach for the thermostat.

HACK – WELL DRESSED

If you’re dressed in shorts and a T-shirt to sit around the house on a cold winter day. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself turning up the heating to stay warm. Instead of wasting all your natural body heat stick on warmer clothing or wrapping up in a blanket in front of the TV. It’s cosy and it’ll save you money in the long run.

TIP – HOLIDAY BLUES

If you’re away from your home or a workplace shut down. Makes sure to put the heating at its minimum setting. There’s no need to be heating an unoccupied building. Just don’t turn the heating off completely.

TRICK – TIMING IS EVERYTHING

Make sure your timers or heating schedules are set up correctly. You’re throwing money away when you’re needlessly heating your home or office. Think about when rooms are occupied and when they need heating no point in heating that spare room if no one is it.

TIP – SHUT THE DOOR

A simple as it gets, make sure you shut the door behind you, especially when going outside on a winters day.
When you let all that cold air in, you’re going to have to reheat the room and guess who’s paying for the privilage?

TRICK – CLEAN THE FILTER

Make sure that the filters in the air-conditioning are clean. Dirty filters in an air-conditioning unit put a strain on the system. Making them less efficient, costing more to run and to repair when they fail.

TIP – STAY SERVICED

Make sure your heating and cooling systems are properly serviced. It may save a bit by not paying for the service but in the long run, you’ll pay more for inefficient equipment, repairs or even replacements. New Boilers and Air-conditioning units are not cheap!

TRICK – AIR-CON, SIZE MATTERS

When looking to purchase an air-conditioning unit think about what you need. Something too small won’t achieve the cooling you need and to large is a waste of money.

TIP – SLOW COOKING

Crock pots and slow cookers are more efficient than your oven or stove. Who can resist a slow cooked Stew, Soup, Chilli or Curry? A healthier and more cost-effective way to cook.

TIP- PRESSURE COOKING

A pressure cooker is substantially more efficient than a conventional oven (Gas or Electric). Like slow cooking, it’s a healthier and more cost-effective way to cook.

TIP – MICROWAVE

Not ideal for cooking entire meals but for small portions and defrosting the microwave comes into its own. That said do you need to defrost in the microwave? Just remember to get the food out of the freezer with ample time to defrost naturally.

TIP – TOASTY!

A toaster is more efficient than a grill when making toast. It’s quicker too as you won’t need the grill to get up to temperature.
The exception here is Cheese on Toast!

TIP – STEAMY!

Steaming vegetables is not only extremely healthy it’s also a great way to conserve energy. Just don’t use more water than you need. Or even use the water as a base for a stock or soup!

TIP – COPPER BOTTOM

Copper bottom pans heat up quicker than stainless steel and cast-iron pots are great for retaining heat. Whilst a good set of cast-iron pots may not come cheap initially they will pay for themselves over the years as they should last a lifetime.

TIP – GET THE KETTLE ON

We all need our Tea or Coffee to get through the day. But too often we just fill the kettle and hit the button. Unless you need a full kettle, just boil what you need. It’s far more efficient and takes less time.
So, you’ll get your well-deserved cuppa that big quicker.

TIP – VACUUM CLEANER

You could save a little money by cutting down on the amount you vacuum.
Do you need to vacuum rooms which are rarely used?
Also make sure your vacuum is well maintained.

TRICK – SHOP AROUND

Make sure you’re not paying too much for your utility bills. It may sound obvious but this is often overlooked as people just forget about the direct debits that are taken by the utility firms. There are lots of comparison websites that will show you the best deals. The savings can be quite large!

TRICK – OFF AT THE PLUG

Unless you need a constant power supply there’s no reason for it to stay plugged in. Many devices will use small amounts of power. A few products leeching power in a home may not amount to much, but on a national or even global scale this amounts to huge levels needlessly wasted energy.

TIP – FILL HER UP

Make sure you fill up your washing machine with each load. This will mean less energy used, less water wasted and less wear and tear on your washing machine components. There’s another bonus too. By filling your washing machine the clothes will have less friction and create less microfiber pollutants.

TRICK – RECYCLING CORRECTLY

If you do need to throw things away. Make sure you recycle them correctly. It’s far too easy to just throw things away that end up in the landfill.
Most Towns and cities have great recycling facilities.

TIP – WASTE NOT WANT NOT

This is a tip that should become habit for all of us. It’s simple, don’t use or take more than you need too. This can be said for most things in life.

TIP – SPREAD THE NEWS

We like to think that we give sound advice here. Some obvious tips and tricks and some less so. Make sure to pass on any info to friends and family. Reducing water and energy waste is going to be a team effort.

TRICK – SHORTER SHOWERS

Showers are energy and water hungry. Do you need to shower for so long? And does it need to be so hot? By shortening your shower time and reducing your heat you’ll be consuming less power and wasting less water. And you may see a decrease in your utility bill.

TRICK – LONGER BATHS

Obviously, a bath takes a lot more water than a shower and if you just want to get clean we recommend a short shower. However, if you fancy a relaxing soak sitting in the bath for half an hour will use fewer resources than a 30-minute shower.

HACK – FEELING THE PRESSURE

High-pressure showers may feel great but they use incredible amounts of water and power. Do you really need that high-power water massage? Try turning the pressure down to save water and energy.

HACK – LET’S COOK

If you’re going to get your oven up to temperature why not plan ahead and cook a few meals at a time. Filling the oven will make the most of the energy you use to heat it. Re heating in a microwave will use considerably less power than cooking an entire meal.

HACK – AVOID THE PRE-RINSE

Avoid pre-rinsing the dirty dishes in the sink by scraping all the waste food into the bin (composting if you can). This will not only save water but will save your sink being blocked in the long run.
Utility go has the perfect product to help eliminate the pre-rinse HERE

TIP – FILL THE FREEZER

A full fridge or freezer is more efficient when its fully loaded. Do you want to be paying to chill or freeze and empty space?

HACK – DRIP, DRIP, DRIP

A dripping tap whilst thoroughly annoying (it was once used as a form of torture) is a huge waste of water. At least once every few months do a sweep of your home for leaks or drips in the bathroom or kitchen. If you run a business get a maintenance employee to check the site. Don’t forget to check the outside taps too. A single Tap can waste 15 litres of water a day. That’s 5,500 litres per year!

TIP – THE TOILET ISN’T A BIN

The only thing you should flush down a toilet is human-waste and toilet paper.
If you block your plumbing you could be in for a nasty repair bill.

TRICK – RUNNING TAPS

It’s easy to waste water when brushing your teeth or washing food by leaving the tap running. There’s no need for it and it wastes up to 6 litres of water a minute. 6 litres!
When washing Veg do it in a sink or pan rather than under a running tap.

TIP – WATERING THE GARDEN

It’s easy to stick on a sprinkler and forget about it. Whilst giving the garden a good soak you’re likely using far more water than your lawn or flowers need. Why not get out there and water them by hand. The fresh air and exercises are good for you, plus you get to enjoy your garden.

HACK – FREE NATURAL WATER

Any keen gardener should have a water butt to collect rain water. Many gardeners argue that natural rainwater is better for your plants than tap water.

HACK – TOILET WATER SAVERS

By putting a cistern water displacement device in a toilets cistern, you will reduce the amount of water used in each flush.
You can buy them here

HACK – REFRESHINGLY COLD

If you like your drinking water cold. Fill up a jug and keep it in the fridge. This will save you running the tap until the water comes out cool. Especially important during the summer months.

FACT – GREY WATER

Cleaning waste water is a very energy intensive process. Another reason to keep a keen eye on the water you use.

TIP – GET A WATER METER

Have a water meter installed at your property. Not only will this allow you to keep track of your water usage, you may find your bill is a bit smaller.

TRICK – INVEST IN YOURSELF

Utilitygo.com provides many innovative ways to save water and energy take a look around our shop. Whilst there is an obvious financial outlay for these products. Many will pay for themselves over time. And remember it’s not all about the money. This is about making our planet a leaner, greener place for us and future generations.

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