Energy Saving Tips

1. Buy the most energy-efficient appliances that you can

The most energy efficient appliances are rated A++++, but even those rated A+ will still use much less electricity. This is particularly important when buying a new fridge, freezer or air-conditioner, as they use a lot of power. These appliances are often a little more expensive to buy, but are less expensive to run. This means you will make your money back quickly through lower electricity bills.

2. Make sure you aren't wasting electricity through poor connections and wiring

You can do this by having all your electrical work done by a qualified and competent professional. Having this work done by somebody who isn't suitably qualified is also potentially dangerous.

3. When you are using an air conditioner keep your doors and windows closed

If you don't, you will be wasting energy and money.

4. Keep your air-conditioner thermostat at 22-24 degrees

Trying to keep the temperature of a room lower than this will mean you are using more energy than you need.

5. Use a fan rather than an air conditioner when possible

A fan uses less power and is cheaper to run.

6. Turn off lights and appliances

When you are not using a room, remember to turn the light off. Even in the office, turn off the lights in the conference room when not in use. When you are not using an appliance, turn it off. If you leave it on stand-by, it is still using electricity. Unplug your charger (mobile phones, laptops, PDAs etc) when the battery is fully charged or when not in use.

7. Light bulbs

Use energy efficient light bulbs. Replace standard bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs. These use less power and last longer.

8. Fridge and freezer

Keep your freezer full. It uses less energy than an empty one. For maximum saving, consider filling your freezer with gallon containers of water. Don't leave the door open for too long when you are taking things out or putting things in or the temperature inside will rise and have to be cooled again, and this uses a lot of electricity.