While we are now working and schooling from home here are some energy savings tips and recycling project ideas to carry out over midterm.
How to save energy/reduce your electricity bill?
1 – Turn down your thermostat. If you turn the thermostat down by just one degree, you can reduce your heating bill by 10%. Thermostat for your living/working area should be set at 18-20°C, while hallways and bedrooms, ideally between 15-18°C.
2 – Plug out all appliances when not in use. Pay particular attention to computers and printers. Standby mode devices from TVs to toasters are using 20% of the energy they would consume if they were switched on.
3 – Don’t fill the kettle. If you’re stopping work for a coffee break, only boil the kettle with as much water as you need. It’ll boil quicker and use less energy.
4 – Don’t heat empty rooms. Turn your heating off 30 minutes before you finish work.
5 – Use radiator reflectors. If you put a reflector behind the radiator, it will reflect the radiator’s heat back into your workspace instead of letting it seep out through the wall.
6 – Switch to LED lights and make the most of natural light. They use about a fifth of the energy of halogen bulbs. LEDs last up to 10 times longer.
Recycling Project Ideas
Homemade bird feeder
Desk Organiser/Stationary Holder
Flower pot/hanging lanterns