1. Use a timer
“A top tip that we found that helped to save energy was using timers on energy-hungry appliances, such as the washing machine and dishwasher, so that they only operate during daylight hours.
2. Get your fridge temperature right
“The colder your fridge temperature setting the more energy it will use. Rather than have the fridge set to an icy 2°C, we kept it at a slightly higher temperature of 4°C. Every degree helps when saving energy.”
3. Recharge during the day
“It takes a bit of planning, but if you have solar panels, then recharging mobile devices, laptops and other electronic gadgets during the day (when there is sunlight) rather than at night, will help to make the most of solar energy.”
4. Don’t use everything at once
“A good way to ensure you are using less electricity is to not use everything at once. For example, only have a shower once the dishwasher has finished its cycle, rather than at the same time.”
5. Use it or switch it off
“Believe it or not, even if you’re not using an appliance, it can still consume energy if left plugged in on ‘standby’ mode. We switched off appliances at the wall socket as soon as they weren’t in use, which helped to reduce the amount of energy used.”
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