The festive season is nearly upon us and with it being a time of year when most households splash out on new TVs, fridge freezers, DVD players, games consoles and a whole range of beauty and homecare products, it got us thinking about some of the ways you can easily save energy whilst keeping in the festive spirit at the same time.
1. Look for the Energy Saving Recommended logo when buying a new appliance this Christmas. Only the most energy efficient products are entitled to carry it, saving you energy and money simultaneously! Check out the Energy Saving Trust's online database of Energy Saving Recommended products, launched in partnership with shopping comparison site PriceRunner.co.uk.
2. When decorating your Christmas tree and house, switch from conventional to LED Christmas lights to reduce your energy consumption by 90%.
3. If your Christmas lights are on, turn off your main room lights to maximise the lighting effect Turn your Christmas lights off when you go out, and when you go to bed.
4. A fibre optic decoration can light a whole tree from a single bulb, and is just as effective as a whole string of Christmas tree lights.
5. More family and friends in your home over Christmas will make it easier to keep warm so turn the thermostat down by a degree or two.
6. Consider turning the heating down or off whilst you cook Christmas dinner. The excess heat from the kitchen will help warm surrounding areas.
7. Make sure you switch those new gadgets and appliances given as gifts off standby before you go to bed. Appliances such as televisions left on standby still use energy - a 20watt residual energy use equates to 2.5kg of CO2 emitted over the holiday period.
8. Buy yourself some rechargeable batteries and a charger so that all those new toys keep working beyond Boxing Day. This not only saves you from tantrums by the kids but also a trip to the shops to buy batteries on Boxing Day!
9. Be conscious not to leave electrical appliances charging unnecessarily, e.g. laptops, mobile phones, mp3 players, handheld games consoles etc.
10. Make sure that radiators are not obstructed by decorations, Christmas trees or re-arranged furniture as it reduces the heat radiated.
11. Always fill the dishwasher fully before putting it on after Christmas dinner as it will be more energy efficient.
12. When you decorate your Christmas tree, make sure you plug the lights into a socket that's easily accessible. If that's not possible, an alternative is to buy yourself a radio controlled socket to turn the lights on and off.
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