10 energy-saving hacks

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Using too much energy? Whether it’s your own vital spark, or the energy you use to power your home, our cheeky tips will help to revitalise your personal energy levels and/or cut your fuel bills.

Tip #1 Planning a Netflix marathon?

Gather together all the snacks and drinks you’ll need before you start. You’ll save your own energy as you won’t have to keep getting up, and save electricity too, as you won’t have to put Netflix on hold. 

Tip #2 About to start your Netflix marathon?

Lay all those snacks and drinks out in alphabetical order, so you know exactly where they are. Then you can safely turn out the lights and save more electricity.

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Tip #3 Your dinner’s on the table

Why use plates? Save washing up by eating pasta straight from the saucepan, or nibble cake from disposable napkins.

Tip #4 Say no to ironing 

Ironing uses a lot of electricity, so it’s best to avoid it. Buy clothes that are slightly too small; when you stretch them over your body the creases will disappear.

Tip #5 Buy more jumpers

Stock up on winter woollies at a charity shop. They’ll keep you warm at home so you can turn down the heating, and you can transform really ugly ones into draught excluders. Cut off one arm (of the jumper), sew up one end, stuff it with the rest of the jumper and sew up the other end. Ta-dah! 

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Tip #6 Take the inside of the curve

When you’re walking anywhere, take the inside of the curve when the path bends. You could cut several metres off your journey – and save on shoe leather too. If people walking behind you find it annoying, who cares?

Tip #7 Always phone at the wrong time

Do you have friends or relatives who talk to you for hours on the phone? Find out what their favourite TV show is, and call them just as it’s starting. They’ll offer to call you back in an hour, which means they’ll pay for the call. If they forget, you’ve saved the energy in your phone battery.  

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Tip #8 Binge on socks

Whenever you buy socks, buy at least three identical pairs. Then you’ll use much less time and energy whenever you’re looking for a matching pair.

Tip #9 Buy another dishwasher

Why waste precious energy unloading the dishwasher? If you’ve got two, you need never put away cutlery and crockery again. Simply take clean items straight out of dishwasher 1, and put them in dishwasher 2 after you’ve used them. Once dishwasher 2 is full, switch it on and start putting your dirty dishes in dishwasher 1 instead. 

Tip #10 Save printing costs

Use the same sheets of paper over and over again in your printer. You’ll kill fewer trees, and trying to read the last thing you printed will keep you entertained and save you having to buy puzzle magazines.

Got any energy-saving tips of your own?

Share them with us on Twitter: @OVOEnergy. Then we can save energy by using your ideas instead of thinking up more of our own.

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