Check your light bulbs
Install eco-friendly bulbs, either CFC (compact fluorescent lamps) or LED (light-emitting diode). These bulbs can last for many years and they use 80 to 90 percent less power than standard light bulbs. Before you go shopping, check whether your light fittings need push-and-turn or screw-in bulbs.
Use energy efficient shower-heads
An energy efficient shower-head can use up to half the hot water of a standard one. Consider installing one yourself, or ask your landlord if one can be fitted.
Check the seals on your fridge and oven
Check the seals on the fridge to make sure they are still working. As seals become less effective warm air will get in, making your fridge work harder and use more power. To test your seals, put a piece of paper in the door and close it. If the paper can be easily pulled out, you may need to have the seals replaced.
Do the same with your oven, as it could be losing precious heat energy whenever you cook. Companies that will replace the seals are listed in the Yellow Pages under fridges and freezers - Servicing, or Ovens and stoves.
Adding 'layers' to your window
Double glazing (windows with two sheets of glass and an air gap in between) is an effective way of controlling heat loss and condensation but can be very costly. A cheaper alternative is to buy a window insulator kit, which involves fitting plastic film to the inside of wooden windows. This can be done easily and will make your windows 90 percent more energy efficient.
Buy energy efficient appliances
If you are replacing an appliance, try to make sure the new one is as energy efficient as possible. Compare the number of stars on the Energy Rating stickers on new appliances. More efficient ones are sometimes more expensive, but spending a bit more will be better for you in the long run. You will see more savings made to your power bills!
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